Back to school is just around the corner! Whether you and your child are excited or nervous for beginning a new year of learning, it is important to plan ahead to ensure that your child is as prepared as possible.
One goal that you should always have every year is perfect attendance. To start:
- Make sure your child has a safe way of getting to school every day so there is no reason for them to not attend.
- Always have a plan and a backup plan for your child’s transportation schedule or connect with other parents and work together to form carpools or walking groups for your children.
- Make sure your child is staying as healthy as possible through positive eating habits and exercise to prevent him or her from getting sick and missing class. If your child has an allergy or medical condition, make sure the school nurse knows about it and has the correct medication in the office.
- If your child needs to attend a doctor’s appointment, try your best to schedule it during non-school hours. The more school your child misses, the more likely they will fall behind and not be able to keep up with the material.
- Get to know your child’s teacher, and notify him or her of any academic or social challenges your child may have to ensure they will be in the best care possible.
Another helpful way to prepare your child for the upcoming school year is making sure your child owns books that match his or her reading level. Read these books with your child so they can practice their reading skills and use them as they’re trying to improve them in class. If your child is older and has required summer reading, review that reading with them before they go to their first day of school. Ask them to tell you about what they read and how they liked it. Some sites you can visit to find books at your child’s reading level are https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/home/ and https://www.americanreading.com/.
Planning ahead in these ways can make the upcoming school year an exciting time of learning, curiosity and fun for everybody!
We wish you a happy, safe and productive upcoming school year :).