The transition back to school can be an exciting yet stressful time for both students and their families. A little planning, some healthy conversation and access to valuable education resources can help ease any anxiety and get kids off to a great start!

  • Get back in the routine. Re-establish bedtime, mealtime, reading and homework schedules.
  • Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher to start the school year. Contact your child’s school for important dates such as Meet the Teacher or Curriculum Nights.
  • Set shared goals with your child’s teacher for what your child needs to know and be able to do during this school year. Use Expect More Arizona’s grade-by-grade parent guides to see the key things your child should be learning this year.
  • Create a quiet place for studying. Designate a specific time and place for homework each day. While your child is doing homework, have the TV, video games and music turned off to eliminate distractions and procrastination.
  • Encourage learning at home. Promoting learning outside of the classroom helps children perform better in school. Read to your child, or have him or her read to you. To support math skills, challenge your child to add up the cost of the groceries in the cart next time you’re at the store. Find other simple, daily actions at
  • Check in regularly on your child’s progress to see where he or she might need help. Use these questions to kick start the conversation with your child’s teacher.
  • If your child’s AzMERIT test scores look different or lower than you are used to when they are first released later this fall, talk to your child’s teacher and work together to determine a plan to help your child improve or find ways to ensure he or she is being challenged at school.
  • Celebrate your child’s successes! If your child gets a good grade, turns in all of his or her homework on time or overcomes a particular challenge, celebrate! This reinforces the positive effort.
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