How you start the school year can determine how well the rest of the year will go. Teachers, counselors and parents say doing these things helps ensure children get off to a great start:
Routines and Schedules Start the Year Right
The start of a new school year is exciting. But it means kids and parents will need to make some adjustments. Here are some ways to get your family back into a good routine for the school year.
Set the rules. Make sure your kids know what you expect new that they are back in school. Set a specific time to do homework. Enforce rules for TV watching. Set aside some time each day for reading. Create a chart for the first few weeks of school – until your routines become habits. Give your child a gold star on days when he does everything without being asked.
Manage correspondence. The start of the school year means a lot of paper going between home and school. Set up a place where your child puts all the paperwork from school. Sign it and put it back in his book bag by the next day.
Keep track of schedules. Post a calendar where everyone will see it. Then have everyone write down their activities as they are scheduled. This will help you plan ahead. If your child knows a book report is due the day after a soccer game, he’ll see that he needs to finish it early.
Parents make the difference!
Source: Jan Faull, Unplugging Power Struggles, 2000
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