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Staying organized can be key to a successful school year. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that everything has a home: a student’s bag, shoes, jacket, lunch box, homework, etc.
Form school-happy habits
Establish a routine at home that includes packing up and being ready the night before, getting enough rest, finishing homework on time, and being prepared for the next day.
Communicate early and often
Encourage parents to become a familiar face and name for their child’s teacher early in the year. If you are not a family member yourself, encourage students to say hello and get to know their teacher. Helping students and families reach out to their teachers early in the year will help them become comfortable checking in or asking for help later on.
Ask your child questions and listen to the answers
If you are a parent, strive to eat at least two dinners, or meals, a week together. If you are a community member or volunteer, simply try to carve out a little time to ask your student questions and listen (really listen!) to the answers.
Create a structured time and place for homework
Help support your student in setting up a regular homework routine- the same time and place each day that to complete their homework, and starting homework early enough that there’s enough time to complete it.
Encourage 15 minutes of daily reading
Reading aloud with children for just 15 minutes each day is critical to build the skills for lifetime learning, to grow vocabulary and knowledge, and to bond and provide enriching engagement.
Get kids involved in at least one extracurricular activity
It even makes a difference if it’s a small extracurricular! It simply gives students the opportunity to try something new and get to know other students outside the classroom, and it gives them something to call their own. If budget is a challenge, encourage free activities like those offered at the library, through school, or at other free community organizations.
For more on these tips, check out:
3 Superstar Tips for Starting the School Year Off Right:
How to Start the School Year Off Right:
The importance of 15 minutes of Daily Reading: