Back-To-School Season Is Here!
It’s that time of the year. The sun is going down earlier and rising later, the weather is colder, and kids are heading back to school. As a parent, you may feel mixed emotions if you have a child in elementary school. On the one hand, you’re excited for them to learn and grow. Yet, on the other hand, you may feel a bit anxious about the upcoming year.
So, what can you do to help your child (and yourself) have a successful year? Here are some helpful back-to-school tips for parents of elementary students:
1) Get Organized
It’s no secret that organization is key to success in school. So please help your child get off on the right foot by getting them a planner and teaching them how to use it. Review their daily schedule with them so they know what to expect each day. And help them create a system for keeping track of homework and other important assignments.
Further, a nightly routine will help ensure your child gets enough sleep for the next school day. For example, a set bedtime and screen-free quiet time before bed can help elementary school children wind down and get the rest they need. And, to save time in the morning, you might consider laying out clothes for the next day, so there’s one less thing to do in the busy morning.
2) Set Realistic Goals
The start of a new school year is the perfect time to set goals. Sit with your child and chat about what they hope to achieve this year. Maybe they want to get straight A’s, make new friends, or join a club or sports team. Whatever their goals, help them break them down into smaller, achievable steps. Doing so will make them feel more confident and motivated as they work towards their goals.
3) Talk About Your Expectations
Take care not to create an impossible situation for your child. High expectations are essential, but make sure these are realistic and achievable. If your child feels overwhelmed or stressed or lacks the tools to succeed, this can lead to behavioral problems or poor grades.
4) Keep The Lines Of Communication Open
Communication is always crucial, so keep the lines of communication open with school personnel, including bus drivers, hall and playground monitors, coaches, teachers, counselors, and the school nurse.
Doing so can address any issues or problems, inside or outside the classroom. For instance, if your child is getting bullied on the bus, you’ll want to know about it to take appropriate action.
Similarly, if your child is struggling with their reading or math skills, you’ll want to be aware of this so you can provide additional support at home. By staying in communication with school personnel, you can help ensure your child has a successful academic year.
5) Encourage Them to Be Independent
Among the best things any parent can do for their child is to encourage them to be independent. Remember that independence doesn’t mean you’re going to let them do everything they want to do, but it does mean giving them some freedom to make choices and mistakes. So let them choose their clothes (within reason,) choose their lunches, and take responsibility for their homework.
Giving them a chance to make decisions. Doing so will build confidence and prepare them with skills to succeed in their academic endeavors.
6) Get Involved In Their Education
Being present in your child’s education can make a big difference in their success. Attend school functions, like open houses and parent-teacher conferences. Consider volunteering as a field trip chaperone, helping in the classroom, or joining the PTA.
Get to know their teachers and ask them about ways you can support your child at home. Most of all, let your child know you’re interested in their learning. Ask them about their day, help them with their homework, and read together as often as possible.
Your involvement will show your child that you’re interested in their education and believe school is essential.
7) Be Flexible
If not much else, the last few years have taught us that life can be unpredictable. So, as starting the new school year, try to go with the flow and be flexible. While everything might not go according to plan, it’s okay. Roll with the punches and remember that your child’s education is a journey, not a destination.
Following these tips can help your child (and yourself) have a more successful academic year. So, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride! If you need additional help with your child’s academics, reach out to our team of tutors in Charlotte, NC! 704.442.1718