3 Simple Back to School Tips: Have Success in the New School Year
Back to school season is here.
Whether your child is embarking on their first day of kindergarten or their senior year of high school, a new school year can be difficult. So, we asked out friends at The Family Conservancy for some back to school tips.
Several research studies confirm that students with parents who are involved in their education have better academic performance and are more likely to graduate from high school than students whose parents are not involved.
Expert Back to School Tips
That’s why your child needs your help.
…and The Family Conservancy is here to help you with their back to school tips. Check ’em out now:
You can also find fun back to school ideas for your kiddos to celebrate the first week!
Keep a Positive Attitude
Transitioning into a new school year can be a stressful time for parents and students. That’s why we gathered these back to school tips!
As parents, it’s important to help your child maintain a positive outlook on school. Keep conversations about school positive. When they turn negative, redirect the conversation by celebrating your child’s accomplishments or sharing positive experiences form your time in school.
Ask open-ended questions like “What are you most excited about?” or “Is there anything that worries you?”. Instead of the “yes” and “no” responses you may be accustomed to, open-ended questions provide you the opportunity to get the information to have a meaningful conversation. This can also help address issue and concerns your children may be having.
You can also make the first day of school positive by making it fun. Take first day of school pictures, so the first day feels like a special day to celebrate!
Communication Is Key
If you don’t know what’s going on in the classroom, how can you provide the support your child needs to succeed?
That’s why opening and maintaining a line of communication with your child’s teachers is critical to their success.
Have back to school chats with your kids at least a few times a week. Early on in the school year, find an opportunity to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Let them know they can contact you. Ask your child’s teacher to receive updates on your child’s progress throughout the school year.
Even if you get nothing but positive feedback, your child’s teacher sees a side of your child you may not. Use this relationship to learn more about your child.
Create Back to School Routines
This is probably one of our best back to school tips. In addition to making your life easier, routines help children learn important skills.
Routines are especially important during the preschool years when the brain is developing rapidly. School routines show children how to organize and manage daily life. As children get older and we being gradually turning over the responsibility for self-management, we ensure that our children learn how to manage themselves.
You may have relaxed your family’s routines during the summer months, but with the new school year at hand, it’s important to reestablish them. No doubt, there’s a lot more to your morning than simply getting kids to school before the bell rings.
By establishing routines, you can simplify your day and put things on autopilot. Develop a plan with your child for addressing homework and assignments. Make sure they keep you notified and make your expectations for completing homework clear.
These back to school tips don’t address every aspect of you your child’s education. However, by staying positive, keeping an open line of communication with your child’s school, and maintaining routines and expectations you’ll be well on your way to creating a support system that will help your child succeed. This will help them be successful in school, throughout the year.
If you are looking for ways to stay involved in your child’s education throughout the year, even in summer, check out these tips to avoid Summer learning loss. You can also find fun school lunch ideas too!
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