It is time to ditch the bathers, beach towels and the pool for new textbooks and most importantly, an exciting new semester! Going back to school after a long holiday is both exciting and anxiety provoking. Sometimes the back-to-school transition can be quiet tough for parents and kids; we all must get back into school mode and adjust to the busy pace the school year brings.
We’ve put together some great tips to help you and your child prepare for the new school year. Remember that it takes two to tango, and it is important that you and your child have open parent-child communication. Furthermore, preparing for the new school year can help reduce your child’s anxiety and ensure a fruitful year.
Here are 5 tips to get ready for school:
1. Make sure your child has the proper school supplies and materials for class
Being ready for classes and doing schoolwork is much easier when you have the right supplies! If you haven’t received a list from the school, contact your child’s teacher for the right school supplies.
2. Read through your child’s timetable and course syllabus with them
Knowing when work is due is essential for passing classes and getting good grades. Going through the timetable is a great way to find out when projects, homework and tests are due. Having this information will help you and your child plan homework and study time way in advance. Our caring and experienced tutors can also work with your child to prioritise school activities and help them succeed throughout the school year.
3. Get a calendar or a planner
Keep track of homework, extracurricular activities and projects using a planner or calendar! Don’t forget to keep updating the calendar or planner; it will help you and your child stay up-to-date, and manage your time effectively. Check out these printable and free weekly planners to stick on the fridge!
4. Talk to your child about their needs and concerns
Open parent-child communication is vital in helping your child feel confident and reassured. Take the time to touch base with your child and talk to them about their hopes and anxieties. Let them know that their concerns are being heard and that you are there to support them. You can also talk about what subjects and activities they are most looking forward to.
5. Set realistic academic goals with your child
Setting academic goals can be fun and painless! Instead of asking your child to write a list of goals, encourage them to get creative e.g. draw pictures, make a scrap book or paint their goals. Make sure that the goals you guys create are achievable and realistic. Some examples of goals include, raising my hand more in class, finishing my homework before the due date, and reading ten pages of a chapter book every night.