It’s back to school time! Many children have already started including my daughter. For other areas like the northeast, they return just after Labor Day. Let’s jump right into these 10 back to school tips for parents.
10 Back to School Tips for Parents
1) Do not wait on teachers to provide extra learning material for your kids. If you want to enhance what they’re learning, there are plenty of resources online.
2) Require them to read at least 30 minutes every day including during holiday breaks.
3) Give your children extra math problems to work on at least 3 days per week. You don’t have to create these yourself. You can find millions on the internet. Print them out and require them to work them by hand, not on the computer.
4) Have a discussion about how their school day went. Ask open-ended questions so you can hear what they aren’t saying. Try to get ahead of any major learning problems. Be prepared to speak with the teacher.
5) Stay in communication with the teachers throughout the school year. Email them and/or meet with them about your child’s progress. Do not wait on a negative report.
6) Stay a couple of steps ahead of your child. They won’t like it but so…who are they?…YOUR kids…you are the parent and they need to respect that.
7) Ask them if they have homework every day. If they need help, help them. If you can’t figure it out, call someone who can help. Review all homework after they are done to check for completion, accuracy and clarity. If something is wrong, don’t point it out right away. Have them go back over that page to figure it out. If that takes too long, point them in the right direction. The key is to aid them in critiquing and analyzing their own work. We can’t be enablers in crippling our children by doing everything for them.
8) Have your kids read to you out loud on a regular basis. This helps you to track their progress. Think of these questions: Do they need help in spelling? Do they comprehend the material? Are they pronouncing words correctly?
9) If your child finishes their homework quickly, you may need to have them do extra work. For instance, if they were struggling with the same type of math problems, give them extra problems of that same kind to work on.
10) Have your children write book reports or write about a family event or write about their day. This also helps with reading and creative writing. Give them a taste of what’s ahead as they get older in terms of lengthy book reports, science papers, etc.
*Finally, recite positive affirmations with your child each day. Tell them your expectations and what they can expect from you as a parent. For example, they should know that you’ll be checking homework. Do just that and be consistent!
Since 2nd grade, my 3 key tips to my daughter before she begins each school day is: Think critically. Read carefully. Write neatly. She recites these words with me as well as positive affirmations such as “I am a leader, not a follower,” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” etc. We aren’t perfect but doing all of this has aided us in her having successful learning and study habits.
What are some other back to school tips?
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