Back to school isn’t just for children. It is also time for parents to reflect on how to be actively engaged in your student’s education. Below are some tips to help the school year start off on a positive note.
Each new school year is filled with the anticipation of learning about new things, experiencing a variety of opportunities, and making new friends. Let’s take advantage of this “fresh start” to get ready for a fantastic 2014-2015 school year.
- Be sure to attend the K-6 Back-to-School Parent/Teacher conferences before school begins. This is a great time to not only learn about the expectations of a new grade level, but also share important information with your child’s teacher.
- Establish a regular schedule during the school week. Families are busy and sometimes in that busy-ness it is easy to forget to complete homework assignments. Try to set aside a regular time at least 3 times per week for your son/daughter to work on homework or read an AR book. For example, as soon as your child gets home from school or right after eating dinner in the evening.
- Help your child get into the habit of preparing for school the night before. Putting all school materials in a backpack so it can be grabbed as he/she is on the way out the door in the morning or deciding what to wear the next day before going to bed are simple strategies to help kids from feeling so rushed in the morning.
- Show your children how much you value education by encouraging them to do their best, monitoring their progress by checking grades on-line, communicating with their teachers with questions or concerns, and expecting them to complete assignments and study for tests.
Allison Schmidt, Superintendent