Are you seeing school buses on the road? Yes, it is that time again.
School has started or it is about to start. Stores are overflowing with school supplies and I still have to stop and look. I purchase my usual go to’s every year: sharpies, highlighters, folders and a new calendar. I love the calendar that goes from July – July. My daughter says it’s the teacher in me. That could be, but I love it because I can efficiently use every minute of my day.
As a retired elementary school principal, education is still a huge part of my life. I have been involved in education as a student, teacher, parent, administrator and community member. Now, I’m the grandma (Mimi) and the community member. My granddaughter is starting kindergarten this year and I am involved in a committee for our local school as a community member.
3 Tips For Back To School
- Talk to your child about school.
- Have a routine.
- Communicate with the teacher.
First, when talking to your child about school, ask open-ended questions.
These are questions that require an answer other than yes, no or a single word.
For example, You can ask:
- What was your favorite part about lunch? Why? (You will be amazed how much you will learn from this.)
- What was the story about? What was your favorite part of the story? Why?( In every level of school, students read so this applies to everyone.)
Main tip: Ask why?
Why, you may ask? Follow up by asking your child why because it will be his/her opinion which is a safe question to answer. Be sure to validate his/her answer. Eventually, you will naturally ask the next question and it becomes a dialogue rather than a question and answer session.
Have a routine.
I have personal experience with this one. My daughter was not the most organized student in the middle years of elementary school. Once I realized that she needed more structure than I was providing, she did fine. To get her started, I put a checklist on her door. Before she left her room every morning, she went through the checklist to make sure she had everything.
Designate a place for your child to read and study.
Make an area to keep the backpack and lunch box.
Choose a bedtime that is age appropriate for your child.
Communicate with the teacher.
As the teacher, I would conference with each parent twice a year, sometimes more and sometimes less.
As a parent, I would attend Open House and if anything was unclear, I would speak to the teacher. If I understood the class schedule, homework policy and other important elements of the day, I usually requested a conference in January.
Communication is the key for a successful school year. Read newsletters that are sent home or check for the teacher’s website. So many teacher’s have a class website that explains the homework expectations and the assignments for the week. Be sure to write down the teacher’s email.
I hope everyone has a fantastic school year and remember, it’s all about the kids.
Did I leave off any tips that you would like to give the readers? I want to hear from you Add your back to school tips in the comments.