Hello, Smiling Faces!
Well…School Is Back In Session! The first day of school here in Memphis, is this upcoming Monday. We have an Eighth Grader on our hands! Time flies and I am not ready for this! I miss those diaper days, beginning to spell his name days and everything in between! (Tears)
As parents and/or guardians, we have to ensure we have our child’s best interest at heart. Most importantly, our participation and ability to listen and recognize their needs are important. It starts at home. There are so many ways we can get involve to ensure their success. Emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as meeting new classmates and getting involved in new activities, but also remember to offer encouragement and motivation in areas where there may be a concern.
Below are a few tips to engage you and your children towards a successful school year ahead:
1. Plan. Prepare each day ahead and for after school time to engage in your child’s school work, homework and activities. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family. Show interest and praise your child’s work.
2. Get your child to bed on time. During the summer, children aren’t always on schedule. Proper rest is essential for a productive and healthy school year.
3. Communicate with teachers and the school. Contact your child’s teacher at the start of the new school year. Get acquainted with them and engage in your child’s learning. Plan to keep track of your child’s progress, subjects, homework and activities.
4. Volunteer. If possible, plan to volunteer in your child ‘s classroom at least periodically throughout the year. Participation in activities will develop a relationship with your child’s teachers and classmates. Most teachers welcome occasional parent assistance even if you cannot volunteer regularly.
5. Celebrate your child’s achievements. Be mindful of barriers your child has overcome throughout the year. Every child learn at a different pace and should be congratulated on their efforts.
A little preparation before the big day can make a world of difference. Be compassionate, be firm and nurture your children daily.
Many Blessings for a New School Year!