The start of the new school year can be exciting for kids. They get a new teacher, start seeing their friends again daily, and get all new clothes and supplies. However, beginning a new school year is also a big change and may require a bit of an adjustment period.
Luckily, we have a list of tips to help your child more easily adjust to a new school year from Third Grade Teacher at Pee Dee Elementary School, Paula Cain.
1. Be Involved
A great way to kick-start involvement in your child's new school year is to attend open house. At open house, you can meet your child's teacher, get a feel for their classroom, and learn more about what they'll be learning this year. Once the year kicks off, remain involved by attending conferences, reviewing report cards, and staying in contact with your child's teacher.
2. Form a Partnership With Your Child's Teacher
During the school year, your child is with their teacher as much, if not more, than they are with you. Form a partnership with your child's teacher; find out how you can support them and help your child excel.
3. Develop a Routine
Kids love routine. Having a structured routine allows them to set expectations and have a higher chance of succeeding. Try putting a specific bedtime, wake-up time, and homework time in place to help create a structure for your child's day.
4. Help Foster a Love for Reading
You can also set aside a specific time for reading. Studies show that children who excel in reading are more likely to excel in other subjects. To make reading time more fun, try to pick entertaining stories and take turns reading to your child and having them read to you.
5. Build Confidence and Self Esteem
Reminding your child how proud you are of them and how great of a job they're doing is so important. Empower your child with confidence and self-esteem in their ability to learn, so they believe in their ability to succeed this school year.
6. Make Time to Talk
At the end of each school day, talk to your child. Ask them how their day was, what they learned, what they enjoyed, and what they didn't. Sometimes it may feel like pulling teeth, but opening up that line of communication creates a comfortable environment where they can come to you with exciting news or problems.