The countdown to the end of the school year has begun, and it can come with a mix of emotions. Whether these feelings are happy or sad, they come with the certainty that the end of the school year is a big deal. So, while your child’s teacher probably has a lot of things planned for the class, you as a parent can also ease your young learner’s transition. To help out, we have some great ideas to share with you in this blog.
- Reflection. From September to June the days have been filled with learning, maturing and growth, and this is the perfect time to reflect on all of it as well as celebrate accomplishments. Ask your child how he or she feels about the year and all its changes, while at the same time giving him or her a sense of the growth that you have witnessed. If you’d like to turn it into an activity, you can find reflection activities for all ages on Pinterest.
- Goal setting. This activity can be done on its own or as a follow-up to the reflection activities. Sit down with your child and talk about what goals he or she wishes to accomplish in the upcoming summer or school year. Next, discuss ways you can work on them together to ensure success.
- Letter writing. As the saying goes, “Another year passed, another year wiser.” Have your child write a letter to the student who will be sitting in his or her seat next year, preparing that new student for what’s to come. On the flip side, have your child write a letter to his or her future self about what he or she hopes to accomplish over the next year. Or both.
- Saying thank you. We have the most amazing teachers in our Catholic schools who do everything they can for our young learners. While they do it for the love of it, it is always nice to receive a thank you note from students and their families. A great old-fashioned letter is always appreciated, but if your child is more artistically inclined, you can find creative tokens of appreciation here.
- Setting up playdates. If your child’s school friends live in your neighborhood, he or she may be able to see them all the time during the summer, but that might not always be the case. Before school is out, arrange playdates for your child and his or her friends over the break so that the last-day goodbye doesn’t seem so permanent. Also remind your child to get contact information (phone number, email address) for the kids he or she wants to keep in touch with. Depending on the age of the child, you may have to ask the parents for this information.
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