Becoming a parent has the most amazing blessing in my life. My kids are the source of my greatest joys and my biggest frustrations. When you become a parent you automatically take on a whole new set of responsibilities. These responsibilities come in addition to the ones you already have and can be overwhelming at times. When your child starts school, you are faced with a large amount of new information, new responsibilities, and new frustrations. Sometimes it can be really hard to keep up on.
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As I get ready to send my oldest to kindergarten, school has been heavily on my mind. As parent and former teacher here are 5 ways to help your child and your family have a successful schooling experience.
1. Routine- Having routines in place for getting ready for school and completing homework can be a life saver for everyone involved. If you do homework at the same time everyday, it is hard to forget. If you check your child’s backpack for notes etc. the second you get home, you can cut back on the number of surprise assignments and responsibilities.
2. Work As A Team- You and your child’s teacher have your child’s best interest at heart. Work together to solve problems. So many times frustrations stem from misunderstandings. Kids don’t always relay information correctly. Keep open lines of communication with your child’s teachers and use them!
3. Positive Outlook- Change is hard and takes time. Adjusting to new standards, new tests, new homework, etc. is a process, but it’s what’s best for students. Sometimes personalities don’t mesh and you may not get along with a teacher or agree with a school program. It is in these moments that your child learns how to resolve conflict, think carefully about how you will handle the situation and lead by example!
4. Be Involved- Sounds like more responsibility, right? It is. But, when you are involved in your child’s life and their school, things at home and school run more smoothly.
5. Be Educated- Things in the education world are always changing. A new program here, a new curriculum there. It can be extremely hard to keep up. Right now we are seeing huge changes in the way kids around the country are learning and being tested with the Common Core. While these changes can be frustrating and hard to adapt to, the end goal is to have kids who more prepared for the real world.
But how can you sort through all the information out there and feel like you are getting just the facts, not emotionally charged advice? There is a lot of misinformation out there about the Common Core. Be sure to separate facts from fiction and, when in doubt, talk to your child’s teacher about it and what’s happening in the classroom.
Help is available. There are free resources available at www.BeALearningHero.org that can help you understand what the Common Core and new assessments are, how they will impact your child, and what you as a parent can do to help support your child’s learning at each grade level.
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Find answers to those questions and more. Don’t stay in the dark when it comes to your child’s education. If you have questions, ask them. Find the information you need. It is out there and Be A Learning Hero is the perfect place to go for helpful, useful information.