Back to school time is upon us! What comes to mind when you think of “back to school?” I think of new teachers, new classmates, new expectations and new adventures.
Every school year brings excitement, a little anxiety and hope (hope that the new school year brings positive and exciting learning experiences for our children).
As parents, we have the ability to set the tone in our homes for a successful school year. We will encounter obstacles throughout the school year that will shake our focus; however, if we establish strategies for our children, you will be more likely to remain focused and headed toward a positive and successful school year!
Here are 5 strategies to help you create a successful back to school plan:
#1 Set Goals & Expectations:
Work together with your child to develop goals and expectations for this school year. Make sure the goals created are simple, clear and realistic for your child. Once your goals are set, post them in an area so they are visible and a constant reminder for your child. After a few weeks, reassess the goals that were set. Do they work for your child? Are they too easy or too difficult? Be ready to adjust them or add to them. This will keep your child focused and closer to their goals!
#2 Create a Productive Homework Zone:
A productive homework zone will create homework success. Be sure to select a homework zone that is organized, well lit and quiet. An area that is away from high traffic and distractions will keep your child focused while during homework. Consider keeping an abundance of school supplies available in this area. Maintaining a homework zone filled with school supplies will reduce the stress of the last minute search of school supplies.
#3 Develop Organizational Systems:
Establishing organizational systems is the key to success and to minimize chaos. There are many ways to staying organized. Use a calendar system, filing system, white boards, launch center and weekly clean sweep sessions. The key to organization is repeated practice and consistency.
#4 Create an After-School Routine:
Establish an after school routine for your child. Give them a small break after school doing something that they enjoy. Be sure to include a nutritious snack so they will have the energy to focus on their homework.
#5 Foster a Positive Learning Environment:
Be positive with your child. Praise their efforts. Teach them accountability and independence. This positive learning environment helps build self-confidence and motivation.
Transitioning back to school can be exciting with minimal stress. Be sure to implement the strategies that work best for you and your family. Here are some more great strategies to help minimize the stress that comes with heading back to school.
Do you need help developing a back to school plan that is personalize to fit your family needs? Contact us today to speak with one of our educational specialists.
Happy Learning and we wish you all a successful back to school experience!
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