Before we get back to school, yes, unfortunately it is almost that time of year again. The time of year when we have to pack up the pool gear, change our late nights and late mornings to early bed time and early rise. Who doesn’t enjoy summer? Sure it’s hot, the kids run up your grocery bill and there is so much to do and so little time but it’s Summer. Just like all good things it must come to an end. An end to summer means the beginning of Fall (event though most of us go back to school during the end of summer) and back to school. So, since we can no longer fly by the seat of our pants or pajama pants on some days, it’s time to make plans to start the new school year right. Here are some simple ways to begin the school year and facilitate language and academic performance.
- Organize your child’s room and homework space. Remove last years projects/assignments make room for new ones.
- If you don’t have one already, set up a designated space for completing school work and reading.
- make sure you have enough supplies. Often our children bring home assignments that require glue, coloring, even glitter. No one wants to run out to Wally’s world in after coming in from a long days work.
- Set up, discuss and stick to an after school schedule. Decide if homework will take place after a break and a snack or right after school. Every family is different pick what works for you.
- Before the end of the day go over the expected schedule for the next day and plan accordingly (ie., pack dance bags, lunch, pick out clothes).
- Meet your child’s teacher and let them know that you are available.
- Review agendas and homework daily.
- Have your child read at least 15 minutes each weekday.
- Choose a book for you and your little one to read together some nights.
- Reduce screen (i.e., iPads, TV, video games)
- Prepare by having “extra” practice work of basic reading math skills for nights when homework maybe light.
- Set up consequences and rewards, get creative.
- Remind your little ones of past academic success
- Encourage hard work.
- Smother them with hugs and kisses on a daily basis.
- Ask about their day. Don’t accept “nothing” as a response.
- Find a place in the home to display great work!
This year I will attempt to remain consistent from the beginning to the school year to the end. I often start off doing so well but by the end of the year well, let’s just say I didn’t sign the agenda as often as I was suppose to.
I hope you all have a wonderful school year. I would love to hear what you all do to get ready for the school year. Send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org