Summer’s Over

Well like it or not summer is over and the kids are back in school. So here are a few suggestions from a therapist and ex-teacher for getting the best out of your child’s school year.

  • Put your child’s teacher and school on your daily prayer list. They need as much heavenly intervention as possible. Encourage your children to do the same and not just before tests.
  • Be proactive. Meet your child’s teacher and not just at back to school night. Encourage their teacher; let them know they have your support. Don’t forget the Middle School or High School teachers. Just because your child is older does not mean the teachers need less support on the contrary they need even more.
  • Send notes of encouragement to your child’s teacher. Tell them you like the assignments or the way they are doing things. Teachers are under a lot of stress with all that is required of them, give them a boost periodically.
  • Promote a love for learning in your children and praise their efforts in school work.
  • Breakfast is so important to your child’s day. Don’t let them out the door without some fuel in their tanks. Chips and a cola is not breakfast. Your child needs brain food.
  • Homework needs to be part of your child’s routine. Enforce a homework time as a part of the days’ agenda. Eliminate distractions, like T.V. and MP3s.
  • Provide a place in your home for school work. This space should be the designated as the homework station. Make this place a public space in the home where you can supervise and be available to help.
  • Check backpacks daily. Notes, homework and graded assignments get lost in that, “black hole”, called a backpack. A daily clean out helps eliminate the weight that the child carries around, too.
  • Be a role model for your children, read to them and read for pleasure yourself.
  • Make sure your children get a good night’s sleep. Many children are nodding off in class from not getting the eight plus hours their young bodies and brains need.