A lot of excitement accompanies the beginning of a new school year. As our kids are getting settled into new classrooms and new routines, it’s the perfect time for parents to consider how we can encourage their academic success this year.
Elementary school is a special season of life, and it’s the right time to lay the groundwork for future success in junior high, high school, and beyond.
With that in mind, we want to share four simple guidelines to keep in mind to help your child have a holistically successful year:
Parental involvement is one of the most important factors, not just in getting good grades, but in a child’s sense of competency in the classroom. Although we know this theoretically, life is busy! We all have lots of responsibilities, and many of us have full schedules already.
Even if you don’t have time to be on the PTO or be a weekly volunteer in the classroom, there are still a lot of ways to get involved with your child’s education. Try to keep an ongoing conversation with your child’s teacher. Find out the best way to contact her, and don’t be afraid to get in touch with questions or concerns.
Also, don’t hesitate to ask for an extra conference, especially if your child is struggling in a specific area. Besides the teacher, you can also meet with the guidance counselor, principal, or other educators who can work with you on facilitating your child’s learning process.
And when it comes to volunteering, even two hours a month can make a big difference.
Maintain your connection
Home life and relationships are integral to kids’ success in school, even more than their classroom environment and what their teacher is like. It’s so important to maintain strong family connections and healthy routines that support your child’s learning.
One of the best ways to stay connected to your child is simply to talk with him. Keep a running conversation about how school is, what he’s enjoying about it, and any problems he might be having.
(Bonus: Here are 10 questions you can use as conversation starters to get him talking about his day.)
Remember healthy habits
Healthy habits are the cornerstone of helping kids excel in school, and later on in their chosen careers. Elementary school-aged children need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep every night, along with exercise and good nutrition. And don’t forget to give your child time to play and explore outside of school and extracurriculars.
Once kids reach the older elementary years, they might sometimes feel overwhelmed by tasks. If you sense your child is feeling disorganized, now is a good time to teach her how to make a simple to-do list.
Use helpful resources
Incorporating appealing resources helps kids view learning as something fun and comprehensive to all of life.
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