(Family Features) Whether your child’s stance on going back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, your family can prepare for a successful school year by working together.
For many families, going back to school mode can feel overwhelming. From building relationships at your child’s school with the educators to ensuring all the right equipment and supplies are on hand, when the school bell rings, you can help your child feel well prepared.
Talk to the professors. Many schools host open house evenings, and these provide parents with chances to meet new educators and discuss any issues. Particularly as children progress in grades and start to rotate through educators, these occurrences provide parents with an opportunity to start building a connection with educators that develops more naturally in younger grades, when children are most of the day in the same school. If this type of event is not hosted in your district, contact the teachers to ask for time to meet one-on – one. Use the meeting to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your child and learn what to expect from the year ahead, including the styles and frequency of communication.
Collect supplies from school. Sales begin early on all the necessities of back-to-school, so you can start shopping early. As children approach upper grade levels, exploring long-term supplies that they can use year after year, such as a graphing calculator, is also a good idea. For example, the TI-84 Plus CE of Texas Instruments can take students in middle school, high school, college and into their careers through all the math and science courses they need. The calculator is 30% thinner and 30% lighter than earlier designs with six times the storage capacity for vivid, full-color charts, pictures and information. The lightweight, durable design comes in fun colors such as Rose Curve Gold, allowing learners to crunch numbers in style. Learn more at education.ti.com/84ce.
Equip yourself for extracurricular activities Learning is not limited to the classroom during the academic year. Extracurricular activities enable children to practice in practical ways what they are learning in the classroom while teaching useful lessons on social interaction, teamwork and more. Such activities often require special equipment such as uniforms or sports equipment, so be sure to check the requirements, including sign-ups and trial dates, and note the deadlines and items you will need to get. Keep in mind that some extracurriculars start formally before school resumes, so early it’s better to sign up for any activities outside the classroom when planning.
Research college prep information. It is never too early for upper grade learners to start planning for college. Whether it’s time to register for entry testing or just start taking training tests or attending coaching sessions, it’s clever to start early and start working towards those milestones. As your kid finishes the enrollment and considers which courses to enroll in, promote him or her to consider dual credit courses in order to get a head start on the curriculum. Also bear in mind that choices are a useful way for learners to explore subjects and interests that could translate into future careers.
Take time to talk. Especially if your kid is a worrier, he or she may profit from having you open the door to an airy discussion. It can all be overwhelming to build a new school, new teachers, new friends and new courses. Even if your kid seems to take it all in step, encouraging him or her to share any ideas or issues sends a significant message that you are interested in assisting with any problems.
Addressing the preparation for another busy school season as a family can help equip your child with everything they need to start the year on a path to success.
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