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Tips for a Successful School Year

January 17, 2014

Tips to help students have a successful school year.

As the new school year begins, you have a chance to help your children make it a successful one.  No matter how old your kids are, the transition from the freedom summer offers to the structure of the school day can take some getting used to.  Take advantage of these five habits to ease the transition and keep your children on track for the entire school year.

Maintain a Consistent Schedule
Maintaining a consistent schedule will help get your kids used to a routine and it’s a good way to set expectations for your children.  If your children know they have to wake up at the same time every morning, go to dance class after school, do their homework as soon as they get home and go to bed at the same time every night, they will quickly learn what is expected of them on a daily basis.

Be Flexible
While this may seem to contradict the first point above, it’s important to maintain some degree of flexibility.  Things will come up at the last minute, and you don’t want your children to miss out on an unexpected birthday party invitation or visit from Grandma because your schedule is too rigid.  When something unexpected does pop up, use your best judgment to decide if it’s worth it for your child to participate.  If you are maintaining a consistent schedule most of the time, chances are your kids will be able to handle minor interruptions every now and then.

Make Sure Your Kids Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is critical if you want your children to perform at their best.  Implement a consistent bed time at night and wake up time in the morning to ensure your children get the rest they need.

Provide Balance
With a new school year comes a variety of activities beyond academics.  From sports to dance classes to school plays and more, there are many ways your children can spend their time after the regular school day is over.  These activities provide a balance to the academic requirements placed on your kids, and they are great for promoting physical fitness, encouraging creativity and developing social skills.  However, keeping up with their schoolwork and getting good grades should be their number one focus.  So, be sure your children don’t get overloaded with too many outside activities.

Stay Involved
No matter how old your kids are, it’s important to stay involved with what they are learning in school.  When your children are younger, you’re most likely helping them with their homework every night, so it’s easy to stay involved.  But as they get older, chances are you have less direct involvement in their day to day assignments.  Be sure to keep an open dialogue with your children and their teachers about what they are learning in school and how they are performing.  This will help alert you to problems if and when they arise.

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