It’s always an exciting time when school is back in session! The school season can be such a great change of pace from the summer. Although the new school year can be a hectic time for some, you’re never alone through this. Below are some fabulous tips for parents to have an awesome school year!
Homework helps your child practice what they learn in school, so teaching study skills can help your child learn more effectively. Assignments are an opportunity for your child to practice a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility. As a parent, you can set up a workspace in the house for them to do their homework. If you have a young child, checking to make sure their assignments are in order will encourage success in the long run.
Assignments can also be a way to teach your child the importance of organization. Teach your child the importance of having their desk, homework, and school supplies organized so they can be prepared for school. Also, show your child how they can use a planner to stay organized.
Another helpful resource is the school or public library. Explain to your child how helpful library resources could be. Libraries are fantastic ways for your child to learn independently. In addition, your child’s school or public library can also provide a great quiet space to study and complete their assignments.
A great way to start off the day is by feeding your child a nutritious breakfast. Children who eat breakfast will have the energy they need to succeed at school. Foods rich in fiber, protein and whole grains are great options. Nuts, fruit, and yogurt are also nutritious choices. Try checking if the campus provides morning food options as well! Here are some more tips to a balanced meal.
Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Put out clothes and pack their backpack the night before. Establish daily routines for meals, chores, and homework. Establishing routines will help your child tackle morning and evening duties. Young children should learn how to prioritize their time after school with a fun daily routine.
Children need to get enough sleep to be ready to take on the school day. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children from 6 to 12 years of age should be sleeping 9 to 12 hours a night to perform their best. Teens 12 to 18 years of age should be sleeping 8 to 10 hours each night. During the school year, it’s important to have a consistent sleep schedule.
A helpful tip for a good night’s rest is to leave enough time for your child to relax before turning the lights out. Especially with young children, making sure they aren’t watching TV, playing video games, and using the internet too late. Too much screen time late at night can make your child restless and have difficulty going to bed.
Meeting your child’s teachers is a great way to stay informed on what goes on at school and gives you the chance to learn the teacher’s expectations. Communicating with your child’s teacher can provide insight into how your child is doing and allow you to discover ways to help your child succeed at school. If your child does need support, check out our post School Support for Foster Children.
School offers many opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate. Participating shows your child you are invested in their education and their success. Fun ways to get involved could be working and organizing fundraisers, volunteering to chaperone field trips, planning class parties, and participating in school board meetings. If your child is involved in any extracurriculars outside of the classroom such as band, sports, or academic competitions, try to attend as often as possible.
Often times, your child’s school will send home information with news about the campus or their progress. Most schools have a website as well, which has useful information. The school calendar, staff contacts, events such as field trips, and minimum days are all useful information to have. If you have the chance, talking with other parents can help you learn more about the programs the school offers.
With so many ways to be involved and help your child succeed in school, the school season is a fantastic opportunity to bond and grow as a family. Be sure to support and encourage your child, and watch them grow to be successful!