August is in full swing, which means it’s that time of year again — school is about to be in session. While the tardy bell may have not rung yet, there are plenty of ways you can help your child prepare for the school year, as well as their teachers. Do your homework, and make it the best academic year yet!
Planning For Transitions
Is your little one moving from elementary school to middle school? Middle to high school? These are all milestones, and while they may not say it, it can be nerve-wracking to move to a new school with older peers. Before the first day of school, the best way to ensure they are comfortable with the transition is with a visit to the new school. Walk around to find each classroom they will attend, as well as the gym and lunchroom. This will destress them for the first day in a new space.
List Out the Important Things
Don’t leave it to the teacher to learn every detail of your child! In reality, there are plenty of students to tend to, so the best way for them to care for your child is with a heads up. Write down the five most important facts about your child, from their educational challenges to the ropes of their personality, and what will help your child be successful in the classroom.
Attend Meet the Teacher
It’s vital the teacher can put a face with your name, so make plans to attend the open house. Not only will you be able to see where your child will be spending the majority of their time, but the teacher will cover the classroom rules. This will make it easier for you to explain the expectations to your child.
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Written Communication is Key
Sometimes old school communication is the best communication. Grab a pen and a bound notebook to use as a contact log. If you have any questions or concerns for the teacher, write a few sentences in the notebook, rather than stressing your child by making them the messenger.