Back to School
By now, everyone has received the wonderful gift of sending their kids back to school. I call it a gift because we all know how tough the summer can be on your schedule and your wallets. But now it is time to focus on this new school year and make sure your kids will be the best they can be.
Here are some things you can do so you and your kids can have an awesome school year!
So, you say you've been doing this all along. Have you really? Most parents think they are fully involved in their children's education because they help with homework and keep an open line of communication with the teacher. Ehhh, you can do more! Teachers need help in the classroom sometimes (well, most of the time). Sign up to be a volunteer in the school because this allows you to help out in your child's classroom as well as other areas of the school. Become a member of the PTA or SCA (School Council, I learned about this very recently). You will have a say in some of the school's decisions, which is highly important. You will be involved in making decisions about school items that you normally would have been blind to.
Put aside time, yes, even on the weekends to review what your child learned during the school week. Get a calendar and place it where it is visible for all in the house to see. Keep track of school events, tests, and extracurricular activities. It may sound like a tedious task, but knowing when and what is going on is a plus. You won't regret it.
Remember to make learning fun! Parents get to be on homework Duty all the time, so make the best out of it. Take the stress out of homework by making a game out of it. Get a timer out and have the kids try to beat the time. Give rewards for speedy and accurate homework (btw, this will help with timed test taking). For those big projects, have a blast shopping at the craft store for supplies together. What is more fun than completing a project from scratch with your child? I know it can become stressful, but go in with the mentality of having fun.
If all else fails, Sam's Word is here to help!