How to help your child prepare for school?
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Getting your child ready for school can be an exciting but stressful time! Here is a back to school preparation checklist to help you along the way:
- Make sure you know what your state and school district are doing
Keep up with your state and school district’s plans for the new school year. It’s not uncommon for schools to stagger students, alternate groups that come in, or do part-time distance learning. Make sure you know what those plans mean for you. Do not be surprised if the schedule changes, maybe more than once.
- Educate children on safety
Be sure your child knows the safety guidelines to follow if they’re returning to school.
- Pediatrician check-up
Talk to your child’s pediatrician before they go back to school to make sure they are up to date on the following:
- Annual eye exams
- Physicals for sport
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Prepare your child for success in the upcoming year. You will probably get a list from your child’s school or teacher. Back to school preparation does not have to be expensive. Your children may need some of the following:
- Crayons, markers, pencils
- Binders, folders, and notebooks
- Tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizer
- Properly fitted backpack
- Find out how you can prevent your child from getting hurt by a heavy backpack
- Establish a school routine early
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Get children back into the school routine a few weeks before school starts as part of the back to school preparation. Start enforcing their standard bedtime if you did not keep it over the summer. In the same way try to ensure they get up at the same time every day. This will ease the transition out of summer and prepare them for a more formal schedule.
- Create a study area
Your child should have a designated study area during the school year. In the case of remote learning, this will be especially useful. Books and computers should be accommodated on a good work surface. Make sure the environment is quiet so they can concentrate and well lit so they can read and write without strain.
- Identify meal ideas and make a list of them
During the school year, schedules become more rigid, so meal planning is a good idea. Think about what you can pack for lunch that is nutritious.
How do I motivate my child to prepare for school?
Students who are good learners do not just happen to be good learners. A child’s personality and disposition plays an important part in their willingness to learn. Any student can become a good learner if they possess the right aptitude and motivation. Limiting learning to the classroom is one of the biggest mistakes teachers and parents can make when developing good learners.
Although the classroom is likely to be the primary source of instruction, children’s intellectual, social and academic growth should extend beyond the classroom. Your child will be motivated to learn with these proven tips and strategies. Your child or student will discover the joy of learning if you apply them correctly.
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Here is a to-do list to motivate your child to prepare for school:
- Create an atmosphere conducive to reading
- Communicate openly and honestly
- Consider your child’s interests when raising him or her
- Develop a variety of learning styles and introduce them to your students
- Be enthusiastic about learning and share it with others
- Utilize game-based learning to make learning fun
- Concentrate on what they are learning rather than their performance
- Organize your child’s activities
- Celebrate achievements and recognize them
- Identify their strengths
- They can learn something new every day if they make it a habit
What do you do when your child will not get ready for school?
School reluctance is normal after the summer. In the event that your child refuses to attend school, or if you are supporting another parent or child in such a situation, here are some things you can do:
- Be kind but firm
- Make sure your messages are clear and consistent
- Potential triggers should be considered
- On days off from school establish clear routines
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