With the new school year starting, it is a great time to take a look at what will contribute to a successful school year. When you read recommendations from teachers, administrators, and students, they tend to include tips for success. At Oasis, we believe that every student has the ability to succeed with a little bit of help. We’ve compiled some tips to help you reach new heights this school year…take a look!
- Make sure to get a good night’s sleep on school nights. To do so, you need to turn off all electronics at least one hour before bedtime. Also, encourage children to recharge their phones in the kitchen so they are not tempted to be on their phone at night.
- Schedule study time for homework and assignments so there is a consistent plan to stay on top of the workload. Do not overload students with activities so they have adequate time to do their schoolwork.
- Purchase school supplies in advance and have them available at home. Having adequate supplies for students to do their homework has a direct impact on whether they complete their assignments.
- Create a list of rules as a family involving watching TV, as well as playing on cell phones and computers, during the school week. Perhaps older elementary aged children can share their ideas around relaxing with TV or electronics and getting required schoolwork done.
- Plan dinner early enough so everyone has enough time to get work done in the evening.
- Ask about how the day went for each of the kids. They may not want to talk a lot about school, but it is valuable to get an idea how your child feels about his or her work at school. If it appears to be too stressful, then ask questions to ascertain what is making the child uncomfortable.
- Engage additional support or help early. Too often parents make the mistake of waiting too long before they engage a tutor or ask for help. Kids frequently do better with a tutor teaching skills with school than they do with a parent.
By having this discussion in advance of school starting with kids of all ages, it might make the transition from summer to school more enjoyable and less stressful.
Have a great year!