School will soon be back in session and the excitement of a brand new school year is starting to build with ‘back to school’ planning. For many, the smell of fresh crayons and crisp workbooks, combined with the anticipation of new friends and greater challenges in curriculum concepts, sets the stage for interesting opportunities and experiences, as well as the development of stronger interpersonal skills. The spirit of optimism is imbedded in new beginnings!
The following points will be instrumental in helping your child to get off to a great start this September:
Reflection – Reflection and goal setting discussions provide parents and their children with an excellent foundation for the new school year. Review with your child the following points: What worked best for you last year? What were your greatest successes? What were your greatest challenges? What can we doto help you achieve at your personal best level? What ‘at home’ materials do you need to do your homework and projects?
Goal Setting - Help your child to set personal and academic goals for the new school year. Goal setting could include improved study habits or organizational skills, aiming for specific achievements or awards, and making new friends. Helping or guiding your child to establish realistic goals or objectives will go a long way to determining his/her future success. It will also ensure that your child knows that they have your complete support. When students have an influence on the direction they take, they assume greater ownership on how they choose to meet the challenges that the school year will bring.
In addition, it is always important to have your child’s eyes and ears checked as an undiagnosed sight or hearing deficit can lead to undue stress and needless delays in academic skill development. Once classes have begun, it is important to continue reading with your child each evening, and also to continue the review of math facts to refresh and reinforce your child’s knowledge base.
When you help your child to prepare for a new year of learning, the greatest message you are sending is that you love and support him/her. Children who arrive at school, secure with the knowledge that they are loved and supported by their parents, and are treated with dignity and respect by their teacher, have all the fundamental foundations in place. The stage will be set for the magic and excitement of learning!
Linda Sweet M.S. Ed.
Founder and Director, Glenburnie School
Pre-School to Grade 8
Providing a progressive and innovative private school education