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5 Tips for a Successful School Year
Time goes fast when you’re having fun, especially when it comes to your children’s summer break. It’s hard to believe that it’s back-to-school time and you’re sharpening pencils instead of going to the beach. Although sharpening pencils will never be as fun as a trip to the beach with the entire family, you can do your part to make the coming school year fun and successful.
GET IN ROUTINE
One of the hardest things about the school year is getting back into a routine. Even though starting a school year routine might be a little difficult, it’s something that you need to do for a successful year. Designate a specific bedtime and wake-up time for you and the kids and be sure to follow it. Your meals should also fit into this routine, including making a menu ahead of time so you know what to prepare and packing any lunches the day before. The more structured your routine, the less you’ll be stressed trying to get out the door in the morning.
Being successful with homework is vital to a successful school year. To help make your children more successful this year, give them the tools they need to get homework done, including a distraction-free zone. Set up a specific spot just for homework and provide pencils, paper, calculators, and whatever else your children might need.
ENCOURAGE OPEN COMMUNICATION
No matter how old your children get, they will still have questions for your regarding friends, school, and sports. Make yourself available this school year and encourage open communication. If your children are having problems keeping up in class or if something is preventing them from succeeding in school, you want them to feel comfortable approaching you. Encouraging open communication will allow you to help your children work through problems and get back on the right path to success.
HELP OUT IN THE CLASSROOM
Most teachers would be thrilled to have a parent help out in the classroom. Many classrooms contain 25+ students with one teacher, sometimes even topping 30 students. Although teachers are professionals and have learned to balance this workload, an extra set of hands could provide the extra help and attention your children need for a successful school year. Connect with your children’s teachers and set up a day you come in every week or every month to help out.
HAVE SOME FUN
School is serious business, but all work and no play can have a negative impact on your children’s attitudes. Have some fun this school year, even if it’s just going to get ice-cream after school. These fun events will help relieve the stress that can build up over time, making this school year successful and stress-free.
There are many things you can do to help make this school year a success for your children. The more you’re involved in your children’s lives, the more likely they will be to succeed.