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Four Tips to Prepare for School Starting!

posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:10 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 2:12 PM ]
As parents, we have a key role to play in ensuring our child transition successfully from relaxing, summer fun to school routines. Your involvement in your child’s education is a powerful contributor to his or her success in school and in life. Setting expectations and creating positive habits can go a long way!

Here are four simple things parents can do to set their children up for success for the school year.  School time will be here before we know it!  Have you noticed that school supplies are beginning to take over the shelves at our local stores?

  • Get back in the routine. Ease transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing bedtime, mealtime, reading and homework routines.
  • Create a homework zone at home. Work with your child to designate a specific time and quiet place in your house for homework. Make sure that the area is free from potential distractions and that study tools are at your child’s fingertips to keep them focused on homework and studying. Without a daily routine, it’s easy for your child to put off or forget to do their homework.
  • Set education goals. Help your child set goals at the very beginning of the year. Whether it is striving for an “A” in reading, handing in all homework on time or preparing for tests well in advance, setting goals can help set the routine for the new year. Then be sure to celebrate your child’s successes along the way with a small surprise such as pizza, a trip to the park or watching their favorite movie.
  • Meet your child’s teacher in the fall and stay in touch during the school year to learn how they’re doing in class. Take time to meet your child’s teachers at the beginning of the school year. Our schools offer “meet the teacher” or “back to school” nights. Teachers can be the best source for information about your child’s academic performance and they can recommend ways to help your child or resolve any difficulties he or she is having in the classroom.