Get Them Back to School And Off to a Great Start
Ah, it's time to send the kiddies back to school! The smell of new notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and fresh starts to education fill the air around you, come August of every year. It's a reminder that summer doesn't last forever. Kids are excited to go school shopping, hoping to grab new items off the shelves that are “cool” or “cute.” Parents are excited that kids are returning to school, and they now have eight hours of free time during the day. Or at least time to do what they didn't have time for before.
If you are a parent, however, back to school supplies are not the only things you should worry about. That list every school hands out with the ten or fifteen general items your child may need this school year is fine, but what about the things that aren't on that list? Parents need to be prepared to do what it takes to help their child succeed in school. This may include buying the crayons or the paper, but it also means knowing what it takes to help your child go further.
Staying Active in their Education
Getting involved with The Parent Teacher Association in your area is one good way to help your child out. If he or she is having a problem at school, or even if you find that you have a problem with the way your child is being handled, the parent teacher association is where you can go to express your thoughts about the subject. Here you will also be kept well-informed of things that go on at your school, such as fundraisers or helpful community events.
Another great way to stay active in your child’s school life is to help them with their homework. If your child is having trouble in math, even after the homework is done, help them by having them do math in their day to day activities. For instance, tell your first grader that if he or she wants some candy, they have to earn it. If your child has three pieces of candy, and they eat two, how many are left? Those sort of questions applied to a normal days routine can really help your child learn.
Getting to Know What They're Getting Into
Back to school means new friends, new teachers, and new ideas. It's a good idea to learn the names and numbers of all your child's teachers, and even the principal, in case a problem persists that is not being dealt with. It's also useful if you just want to check on how your child is doing in general, as a form of alternate communication. Also, it's a good idea to check the notices your school sends out. They may be in a designated folder, on little strips of paper that your child takes home, or even on a class website that parents, students, and teachers can log into.
Finally, kids can't learn without being fueled up, so make sure to ensure your child can continue learning all day long by packing them a delicious snack! Snacks help keep a child's energy level up, and they're food for the brain. Sweet snacks are good, but fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean proteins are even better. Nutrition is an important part of the learning process, and making sure they get only the best nutrition is just another item on your back-to-school list.
Finally, don't forget, it's not just about keeping kids on task and making sure they have all that they need. Sometimes it's motivating to let them know how proud you are by giving them a gift that they want. Their favorite candies
, a new toy or game, or even a special keepsake to commemorate a new school year can go far toward showing them your love and support while they're transitioning into a new educational year.
The back-to-school list keeps growing and changing, as does your child. The importance of some things goes beyond a price, and others come in handy just for day to day schooling. Whatever the case, you can always make sure that your child is prepared for success.