It’s here again, and while some may say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, there are some who may disagree. But regardless, the new school year is upon us, and we have some great tips for getting even your most reluctant-to-let-go-of-summer student quickly back into the swing of things.
First and foremost, you should remain encouraging. Your attitude will set the tone for the whole year. Here are some great ways to make it positive:
- Help your child set tangible goals for the upcoming year. These can be anything from getting a higher grade in math, to making two new friends, to learning to play the flute. Track the progress and reward the victories along the way.
- Take interest in your child’s day. This is as simple as asking, “How was school today?” and then really listening.
- Be available to discuss any anxieties your child may have during the school year. Also keep an eye on his or her eating and sleeping patterns, since disruptions in either may indicate that something isn’t quite right.
- Keep an open line of communication with your child’s teacher. Remember that even though the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have an open-door policy, it is always a good idea to schedule an appointment with the teacher, or any of the staff, so that you can be sure they are available and can give you their full attention when you come in.
- Keep connected to your child’s school. Every one of our schools has its own website and social media pages. Click the link for a full directory of the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
- Set up a designated homework time and area. Pinterest is a great place to find ideas for creating homework spaces. Also be available to help, but understand the difference between helping and doing the homework for your young learner.
- If your child has picked up any new interests or hobbies over the summer, find out if the school or parish has any clubs or groups that match those activities.
- Allow your child to add personal touches to school supplies (notebooks, book bags, etc.) as long as they fall within the rules specified in the school’s policy handbook.
- Stick to routines, including for homework time and bedtime. In this article, Aha! Parenting explains why routines are important for kids.
- Continue to encourage learning at home. For ideas, visit “Keep Your Student Learning Over Summer Vacation” (even though vacation is over) and “Religious Learning at Home.”
- Volunteer for school activities and network with other parents. Visit KidsHealth for reasons to get involved and ways to do it.
For more great tips, visit our blog “Helping Your Child Transition from Public to Faith-based School,” because even if your child is returning to a familiar school, it is still a transition and sometimes, change needs a little extra encouragement and support. And for some great tips on saving money throughout the year, visit our blog “Simple Savings: Cost Effective Tools for Faith-Based Schools.”
Everyone at the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford strongly welcome all of our students back to school. We are excited for the months to come and know that this will be the best school year yet!
If you have any tips for getting your young learner back into the school groove and keeping it going throughout the year, let us know on our social media pages.