School resuming session can be a stressful transition. Most of us have a hard time figuring out how to have a successful year and how to execute those things. Here are 10 easy-to-follow guidelines that will help your family to have a positive, productive, and successful school year!
1. Get Adequate Sleep
Make sure your child is getting adequate sleep to prepare for a long day. A tired child cannot do or be their best.
2. Create a Designated Homework Station
Create a homework location. Have a designated place to help support your child. Have a space in the house away from distractions that your child can do their homework or have some quiet downtime.
3. Identify Your Child’s Learning Style
Discover the way your child learns and help them strengthen that skills. A colleague of mine Dr. Craig Pohlman talks about active studying instead of passive studying, and he has some great tips and insight into learning styles.
4. Seek Extra Help if Needed
Many professionals can help you support your child the way that they need. A tutor or learning specialist are experts that can help with homework.
If you or your child have a hard time understanding, is it is best that you consult with someone who can appropriately help you and your child learn the material.
5. Proper Time Management
Help children manage school work, extracurricular activity and fun time. Designate a time to talk about what they have coming up and write it down on their schedule to help them succeed. Set limits on activities that may be more desirable and tend to take longer.
6. Avoid Procrastination
Avoid waiting until the last minute to see what your child has in their agenda or folder. Always do an immediate check-in to see if there’s an assignment, homework or papers to sign.
It may not require immediate attention, but in case it does, you are not scrambling at the end of the evening to get things done.
7. Alleviate Any Additional Stress
Avoid adding additional stress to your child, if you’re feeling anxious about the morning routine, create a plan for your morning to help alleviate some of that pressure.
8. Communicate with the School
Create an open line of communication between the school and yourself. Get to know the teachers at the beginning of the school year by introducing yourself and letting the teachers know that you want to take an active role in your child’s academic success.
9. Incorporate Downtime
A school day is a sensory-filled day. It is essential that your child has downtime to refuel after a long day. Some children like to immediately do homework after school, while others benefit from having a small break before doing work.
Incorporating that time into their afterschool day helps children create a balanced life for themselves.
10. Value Family Time
Do not allow the school year to let you lose valuable family time. It may be more difficult to have dinner each night, but it is still essential to do so.