It’s the beginning of a new school year.  There are many things that you can do to make sure your child has a great year.

  1. Have time, space and materials set aside so your child can complete  school work each day.
  2. Have space for your child to unpack and put school items. Make this a daily routine and make it your child’s responsibility.   Check to see if there are forms, notes etc that need your attention.
  3. Keep homework time age appropriate.   (See Article re homework)
  4. CONSISTENT early bedtime routine. 
  5. Healthy breakfast – or take advantage of school breakfast program.
  6. Daily reading to/with your child.
  7. Be available to discuss any issues your child has with school.
  8. Listen and reassure your child regarding any fears/concerns.
  9. Set up your child for success by teaching them skills to be independent. Have age appropriate expectations such as packing their own backpack as soon as school work is complete. They will be expected to unpack and pack their backpack on their own in the classroom.
  10. Don’t be surprised if they don’t come home full of stories to share about their day.  Instead of asking them “how was your day?”  ask them specific questions.  This may stimulate some conversation.

A positive attitude on your part regarding your child’s school  will go a long way in how they feel about school.  Happy learning!


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  1. Nice thoughts, especially #10. I would ask my son what happened in school today and he would answer,”Nothing.” I wondered if he sleep all day.

    Then I would ask questions like; “If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do? Or “Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?”
    Usually these type of questions would get the ball rolling.

    Great site. Will keep it on my favorite list.


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