Preparing for a great school year
By: Traci Jackson
Uniforms, book bags, and pencil pouches; it’s Back To School season. Here are a few necessary tips that are not on your child’s school supply list.
Sit down with your child to set personal academic goals with them. Of course, you want them to go to the next grade. That’s everybody’s goal. But, what does your child want to personally accomplish during the school year?
Your student may say they want to be a “better reader.” Great! But, what does that look like?
Help your child make S.M.A.R.T goals.
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Using the smarter method changes your new third grader’s goal of being a “better reader” to independently reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by the last day of the academic year. This effort will show your child that you are invested in their education, and they will aim a little higher just to make you proud.
Make sure you set clear expectations with your child about the upcoming school year. What constitutes as a “good” day?
What makes a day a “bad” day?
How will you check their progress? How often will you check their progress?
What are the rewards for pleasing reports?
What are the consequences for upsetting reports?
What do you expect?
When expectations are clearly set, students are not forced to navigate in the gray areas of success.
School supplies can be purchased just about everywhere during Back to School season, and the sales are the bomb.com. If you’re like me, you wait for the season’s clearance to get the super bomb sales. It doesn’t matter which side of the sale you purchase your school supplies just remember to buy extra.
Student’s loose notebooks, markers dry out, pencils pouches break and one go-round with the flu can wipe the classroom tissue supply out!
Double of the items listed on the supply list. The first day of the second semester, have your child swap out all of the old supplies with the new ones. They instantly become aware of the fresh start that the second semester brings.
And, they are rejuvenated and ready to give their all just like the first day of school. Fresh uniforms and stylish book bags are nice but specific goals, and expectations keep everyone focused. Happy School Year!
(In my Happy New Year shout)