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New School Year Resolutions

While teachers are diligently working on lesson plans and teaching strategies, it is equally important for parents to prepare their own plans. Here are some new school year resolutions you can take to ensure you are ready to support your child’s learning.
Your children’s teachers have been working on lesson plans and teaching plans to prepare for the new school year. What have you done to prepare to support your children’s learning in the coming year? As a parent, it is crucial to play an active role in supporting your child’s learning and education. While teachers are diligently working on lesson plans and teaching strategies, it is equally important for parents to prepare their own plans. Here are some new school year resolutions you can make to ensure you are ready to support your child’s learning:
  • Establish clear communication with the teacher: Reach out to your child’s teacher before the school year begins. Introduce yourself, express your willingness to support your child’s learning, and ask about their preferred method of communication. Understanding each other’s expectations and establishing an open line of communication is vital for a successful parent-teacher partnership.
  • Create a conducive learning environment at home: Preparing a space in your home that is solely dedicated to your child’s education. Set up a quiet, well-lit area with necessary supplies such as books, stationery, and a computer for their schoolwork. By creating this environment, you send a message that education is a priority.
  • Establish routines and schedules: Children thrive on routine, and having a consistent schedule helps them stay organized and focused. Create a daily routine that includes time for homework, studying, and extracurricular activities. By providing structure, you help your child understand the importance of time management and discipline. This is often the most overlooked of the new school year resolutions but makes the biggest difference!
  • Set realistic academic goals: Discuss and set achievable academic goals together with your child. Whether it’s improving reading comprehension, mastering multiplication tables, or excelling in a specific subject, having clear objectives can motivate your child and provide direction for their learning journey.
  • Encourage a love for reading by starting your own Family Book Club (See Rediscovering the Village by Gail Simpson and Neil Rosen). Reading is fundamental to a child’s development and can have a significant impact on their academic success. A love of reading leads to a lifelong love of learning and reading together as a family, and discussing the stories and ideas presented is a great way to start.
  • Stay engaged and involved in your child’s education: Attend parent-teacher conferences and school events whenever possible. Your support and involvement demonstrates to your child that education matters to you.
  • Stay engaged with the school community allowing you to build relationships with other parents, teachers, and staff, fostering a collaborative learning environment.
  • Encourage healthy habits and self-care: To support your child’s learning, ensure they have a healthy lifestyle. Encourage a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and regular physical activity. A healthy mind and body create the ideal foundation for effective learning.
  • Emphasize the value of education: Talk to your child about the importance of education and how it can positively shape their future. Encourage them to ask questions, explore their interests, and take ownership of their learning. By fostering a growth mindset, you empower your child to become an active participant in their education.
  • Join the Family Book Club: Family Book Clubs cultivate a spirit of discovery in your little ones, encouraging them to navigate through diverse narratives, themes, and literary styles.
Be available and supportive: Ultimately, your child needs to know that you are there to support them. Be available to listen, offer guidance when needed, and praise their efforts and accomplishments. Building a strong parent-child relationship fosters trust, motivation, and a positive attitude towards learning. By making these new school year resolutions, you are not only preparing yourself to support your child’s learning in the coming year but also setting an example of the importance of education. Remember, a successful educational journey requires collaboration between teachers, parents, and students, and by playing your part, you’re laying the foundation for a fulfilling and successful academic year.

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