As parents, we have a key role to play in ensuring our child transition successfully from summer fun to school studies. Your involvement in your kid’s education is a powerful contributor to his or her success in school and beyond. Setting expectations and creating positive habits can go a long way!
Here are five simple things parents can do to set their children up for success for the school year.
- Get back in the routine. Ease transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing bedtime, mealtime, reading and homework routines.
- Create a homework zone at home. Work with your child to designate a specific time and quiet place in your house for homework. Make sure that the area is free from potential distractions and that study tools are at your child’s fingertips to keep them focused on homework and studying. Without a daily routine, it’s easy for your child to put off or forget to do their homework.
- Set education goals. Help your child set goals at the very beginning of the year. Whether it is striving for an “A” in reading, handing in all homework on time or preparing for tests well in advance, setting goals can help set the routine for the new year. Then be sure to celebrate your child’s successes along the way with a small surprise such as pizza, a trip to the park or watching their favorite movie.
- Meet your child’s teacher and stay in touch during the school year to learn how they’re doing in class. Take time to meet your child’s teachers at the beginning of the school year. Most schools offer “meet the teacher” or “back to school” nights. Teachers can be the best source for information about your child’s academic performance and they can recommend ways to help your child or resolve any difficulties he or she is having in the classroom.
- Visit ExpectMoreArizona.org/Parents. You can find more tips and download free resources to support your child’s learning, like our Grade by Grade parent guides that outline what your kid will be learning in English and math along with activities you can do at home to reinforce what they are being taught in the classroom. We also have information about how to read the AzMERIT score reports that parents will be receiving from their child’s school at the beginning of the school year.