7 Tips for Preparing for a Great School Year

As we enjoy these final days of summer, I wanted to share with you a brief list of suggestions to help you and your children get prepared for the school year ahead. As the year begins, remember you are never alone in your parenting journey.

Wishing you all a happy, productive, and peaceful school year.

  1. Review. Help your child evaluate what went well and what was a struggle last year. Some things they may consider:
    1. The activities they got involved in outside of school
    2. Where they did their work
    3. When they did their work
    4. How they studied for quizzes and tests
    5. How much sleep they got
    6. The friendships they had
  2. Help your child choose three goals, one for each area that they hope to achieve this first half of the school year
    1. Academic
    2. Social
    3. Personal
  3. Work with your child to prepare their physical workspace at home. Help them consider:
    1. Where to do their work (bedroom, den, kitchen, etc.)
    2. What type of surface they like to work on (desk, kitchen table, lap desk, etc.)
    3. What they like to sit on (standard chair, swivel, ball chair, floor, etc.)
    4. Materials they will need (Suggestion: buy extras of everything. You can always use the extras next year or donate them at the end of their schooling)
    5. Help them organize their computer desktop
      1. Bookmark important websites
      2. Make sure you have useful work processing and spreadsheet software
      3. Consider using a graphic organizer for organizing essays, annotating books, and planning projects (ex. Inspiration software)
  4. Choose a great planner system (Click here for my Homework template)
  5. Plan for the what if’s. A discussion before these things happen can help prevent a meltdown or problem later on.
    1. I forget my materials
    2. I don’t know how to do the homework
    3. I feel overwhelmed or behind
  6. Create a list of Study Strategies for each subject. This way when the test or quiz is assigned your child can plan these as “tasks” to do each day to study (ex. Review notes, make or review flashcards, make a sample test for a friend, etc.)
  7. Plan One on One time and Family time into your weekly lives. Keeping a strong connection with non-work time together is the life force that keeps us all energized, positive, grounded and moving forward.

Enjoy!

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