Wow! Can you believe we are at the end of the summer! As summer ends a new school year begins! For many students, the beginning of the school year is a time filled with excitement and the anticipation of meeting new friends and reuniting with old friends. But for some children, the beginning of the school year can be a little stressful. The following thoughts can be a bit overwhelming: finding that perfect backpack, buying school clothes, attending an open house, searching for school supplies.
Here are some suggestions that might help in minimizing the anxiety some children experience at the beginning of the year. A week or two before school starts, prepare your child for the upcoming transition by starting or getting back to a school year routine. You can do this by setting a realistic bedtime, selecting tomorrow's clothes, and discussing any concerns your child might have about returning to or starting school for the first time. Besides, you can go over some expectations that will help your child have a great school year.
It is also important to build a partnership with the school and your child’s teacher. Research shows that parent involvement in a student’s education leads to student success. Furthermore, active, engaged parents translate into active, engaged students who complete their schoolwork and experience some degree of success at school.
Here are some ways to build that key partnership with your child’s school environment.
Frequently viewing the parent portal (or whichever tool your school uses).
Developing a relationship with your child’s teachers and keeping in touch with them often.
Volunteering in the classroom when you can.
Getting involved with the PTO.Volunteering in the front office.