Talking to the teacher about literacy

Your goal is to work together with the school to come up with a plan to help your child.


Remember that the school has the same goals: they want students to learn, make progress and be happy and confident.

The first steps are to think about why you are concerned and talk with your child's teacher.

Think about what your child is having trouble with:

  • Reading fluency? Vocabulary? Comprehension? Writing? 
  • Focusing on their work? Do they get distracted too often?
  • Social or emotional challenges? Do they get upset often and have trouble managing emotions or social interactions
  • In what areas is your child struggling? 
  • What do the assessments show? 
  • Are they reading at grade level?
  • What does the instruction look like? What do they do in class?
  • What kind of instruction works well for your child?
  • What is the teacher doing to adjust the instruction for your child?
  • What other strategies can the teacher try?


Remember you are an equal partner and have rights. You have a right to make sure that your child is educated, that the school identifies any disabilities that your child may have, and that the school provides specialized services to students who have learning or developmental disabilities.

To learn more, see the other sections in the menu: Working with the school, and What the school should do