My children are starting 6th and 2nd grades next week. Those who know me need not ask if I'm ready, because I was ready two months ago. Ask the children and you'll hear a whole different story. Whether or not we're ready, it's happening! Below are some tips so this school year gets off to a great start.
Practice getting there: Whether it's new to them or as a refresher, walk or ride the route your child will take and make note of school patrols, crossing guards and high traffic areas along the way. If they are walkers, talk to your kids about NOT talking to strangers and find out what, if any, policies your child’s school has regarding early arrivals or late pick-ups. Learn about the school’s entrance and exit policies. If your child is new, be sure to pop in and check out what the inside of the school looks like during orientation.
Meet your child's teacher: Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and ask him or her about the preferred method of communication. (Some teachers are active on email and social media, while others prefer the phone or in-person meetings.)
Make homework time a daily habit: Find a quiet and consistent place at home where your child can complete his or her homework. Show interest and praise your child’s work. If your child is having difficulty with his or her homework, make an appointment with the teacher sooner rather than later.
Help your kids get back on track: During the summer, children aren’t always on a schedule, which is understandable. But, proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year. Help your kids get back on track sleep-wise by having them go to bed earlier and wake up earlier at least a week in advance of when school actually starts.
Feed them healthy food: Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious meals at home, make sure your child eats breakfast, and pack healthy lunches or open an account so they can purchase lunch at school.
Make reading a priority: Make a plan to read with your child for 20 minutes every day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together. An idea I do with my daughter is Skype reading with a best friend from school. They take turns and both earn a prize after a certain amount of nights. It works really well, and they look forward to reading together!
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