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Setting Students Up to Succeed in the New School Year

It’s back to school time for most families. The new school year can be exciting and sometimes a stressful time for parents and children. We’ve created a few tips to help you set up your student to succeed.

1. Get Organized.

Label notebooks and folders for each class and keep subjects separated so it’s easier to find what they are looking for later. Have a designated area to study and do homework in.

2. Use a planner.

The schools typically provide a planner at the beginning of the year. Have your student write the assignment down for each class and check it off when they’ve completed the homework or if there was no homework for the day. Be sure to check your student's planner each day to know what they are working on.

3. Keep a regular schedule.

During the school week try to keep a regular schedule for when your student gets up in the morning, after-school activities and having a regular bedtime can help.

4. Limit Screen time.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics” recommends the following screen time limits:

No screen time for children under 2

One hour per day for children 2 to 12

Two hours per day for teens and adults

5. Set aside time for schoolwork each day or for reading.

Find what works best for your family whether working on schoolwork right after school, after dinner or before bed works for your student and be consistent.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and or ask for help.

Most teachers and staff are willing to answer questions or get your students extra help when they need it. Don’t feel bad if your child needs an IEP (Individualized Education Plan).

Hopefully these tips will make the transition into the school year successful and a little less stressful.

-Erin Schlake

Day Reporting Coordinator

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