Summer is over, parents, so let’s discuss the serious business of educating your child.
This year, my daughter Logan is entering the 3rd grade and she will begin taking statewide exams. Statewide exams can be very intimidating to an 8-year-old, and I don’t want her to be anxious about the 3rd grade, so I have discussions with Logan on a regular basis to get a sense of what is going on in her head.
Open dialogue with your child is vital for a successful school year and the earlier you begin communicating with your child, the better it will be for the both of you.
It’s never too early to chat about school and how you can work together to make it the best school year ever. Here are a few other tips to consider for your back-to-school reprogramming.
What many parents don’t realize is that they, too, must organize their minds in order to help their child make a seamless transition from the laid-back summer break to the vigorous new school routine.
5 Tips to Prepare for the New School Year
1. Recap lessons from the previous school year. This can be done by purchasing workbooks, downloading apps, and/or reviewing past tests and assignments. You should know that teachers expect children to read daily during the summer, so if you your child hasn’t been diligent about reading, incorporate books into the routine now. Also, make certain to devote two hours daily for your child to get homework assignments completed.
2. Personal hygiene and grooming is a big deal for children. Your schedule may be full, but please incorporate dental appointments, timely haircuts and an at-home manicure (for clean, shaped fingernails) into your kids’ grooming routines as well.
3. School clothes: Children want to look and feel their best at school, and it’s never too early to build their self-esteem! It is important for children to create their own identities as early as pre-kindergarten, so give your children a say in what they will wear to school.
4. Discuss the upcoming lessons with your child’s teacher to align expectations on what the school year will bring.
5. Devise a safety plan with your child. Talk to your child about stranger/danger, and what his/her actions should be in case of an emergency.
Here’s to a successful school year for you and your child!
Nicole M. Dorrell is a NYC gal who loves to discuss city living, relationships, parenting, sisterhood, friendship, travel and living life to the fullest! Follow her on Twitter @NickieDorrell
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