We are excited to start another school year, but a new school year can be an adjustment for both parents and students alike. Here are a few ideas that may help you stay organized and get you ready for the school year.
Reestablish school-year routines
One of the best things about summer is either a relaxed routine or no routine at all. It may take a little time to help your child get back into the routine of early to bed and early to rise again. You may want to start before school starts to get your child back into the routine slowly. Try establishing a morning routine of getting your child up earlier and getting him/her ready for the day. It is also good to have a nutritious breakfast for your child each day.
Electronic devices - It is a good idea to have your child turn in his/her electronic devices at bedtime. I have met with many students that are still talking to their friends into the wee hours of the night/morning. Having your child charge his device outside of his/her bedroom is ideal. Also check out the parent controls you may have available to you.
Make a family calendar
With so many things going on, beat the stress and create a family calendar. Meet weekly to go over everyone's schedule and get it posted on your calendar. A quick glance at the calendar will help you keep tabs on all your families activities.
Develop a filing system
The first few days of school you will receive class disclosures and other papers from the school. It's nice to have them where you can easily find them again if you need to refer back to them. Also keep a copy of your receipts from the school in case their is ever a question about a payment.
A filing system is especially helpful if your child has an IEP or a 504 plan. It is good to have a copy of this paperwork to refer to later and if you decide to change schools.
Have a place for homework
Having a specific place for your child to do his/her homework can help your student be more productive. A place with a desk, a comfortable chair and school supplies in a quiet location is ideal. A good rule is to limit video games and social media until homework is complete. Of course , a place where you can supervise your child is encouraged.
Get to know your child's teacher
Communicating with your child's teacher can definitely help your child have a better year. It is best to have a positive partnership to educate your child. If you have concerns, contact the teacher. Remember there are two sides to every story and your child's perspective may not give you all the facts. Teachers are always willing to help with misconceptions and miscommunications that may arise.
Everything is not "bullying"
We all know that children can be mean. Just because someone may be unkind to your child one day, does not mean they are being bullied. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
An imbalance of power: Kids who bully use their power--such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity--to control or harm others.
Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.