It’s Back to School Time!

It’s Back to School Time!

Here are some helpful tips getting back on track when school starts:

  1. Visit the school your child will go to.  Many schools also offer back to school nights – it is important to go and check out your child’s classroom and meet their teacher.  Putting a face to the teachers name can be helpful in the months to come.  It also will help you get a feel for the teacher’s style and personality.
  2. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. You can also ask about their preferred method of communication – notebook, phone, text, email, etc.
  3. Make homework a priority. Make homework time a daily habit. Find a quiet and consistent place at home where your child can complete his or her homework. If your child is having difficulty with his or her homework, make an appointment with the teacher sooner rather than later.
  4. Prepare a study area at home. Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family: show interest and praise your child’s work.
  5. Take charge of TV and game time. Limit the time that your child watches TV or plays video games.  Make TV time a family time and ask questions about what they see or have heard.
  6. Get everyone to bed on time. During the summer, children aren’t always on a schedule, which is understandable. However, proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year. Help your kids get back on track sleep-wise by having them go to bed earlier and wake up earlier at least a week in advance of when school actually starts.
  7. Make healthy meals.  Let’s face it – no one can concentrate when they’re hungry. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious meals at home, and, if you need extra help, find out if your family qualifies for any child nutrition programs, like the National School Lunch Program
  8. Get a check up. It’s a good idea to take your child in for a physical and an eye exam before school starts. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations, and you may be asked to provide paperwork showing that your child has all the necessary shots and vaccines. So, check your state’s immunization requirements. And, always keep your own copies of any medical records.
  9. Plan to read with your child every day. Make a plan to read with your child for 20 minutes every day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.

Information obtained from Ed.gov.  You can visit their website for more helpful information about schools and other helpful hints.

 

By Terri Salisbury, Program Director, Kinship Care Management

Posted by Lauren Lottermoser