Christmas is almost here, and with it comes time off of school and the end of the second quarter. When your kids return to school after the holiday break, they will be close to starting the third quarter. This is the time when attention drifts, grades slump and kids start to get antsy for summer and warmer weather. As a parent, here are some steps you can take to prevent the dreaded “third quarter slump,” and help your children continue to excel even in this more challenging time of year.
Keep Family Routines in Tact
Throughout the school year, your family routines are going to be an essential part of keeping your children connected and engaged with the learning process, and this becomes increasingly important during the third quarter. Children need definitive boundaries for extras like media consumption, the routine of family meals and a routine, established bedtime. Keep these factors consistent throughout the winter.
Keep Kids Active
Winter is a time when levels of activity drop significantly. Unfortunately, the colder temperatures drive many children indoors. Keep your children as active as possible with regular trips outside and recreational activities. Active, healthy kids are more alert and prepared for school.
However, try to balance a desire to keep your kids active with the temptation to over-schedule. Make sure that your kids still have time to be kids, enjoy some down time and be part of the family routine. Choose one or two activities of enjoyment outside of school, but do not put your child in so many activities that he can’t simply be himself.
Grab New Supplies
Your child may be running low on glue sticks and pencils. Have a fun trip to the store to stock up on these important supplies. New, fresh gear can make your child more excited about school.
Stay in Communication
Take advantage of all lines of communication you have with your child’s teacher. If you notice some sliding of the grades, schedule a conference. By working as a team with your child’s teacher, you can strive to keep your child motivated through the winter quarter.
Get Outside Help
If you notice that your child’s motivation or abilities are severely dropping during the third quarter, it may be time for some outside help. Tutoring and academic support from Swan Learning Center can help keep your child on track and motivated throughout the remainder of the school year. Through customized, individualized learning programs, Swan Learning Center helps kids retain the information they are learning better as they progress through the school year.