Preparing your child for back to school – Is your child ready?
It is almost time for back to school, with less than 2 weeks to go before another year of learning, excursions and homework starts. We have put together some tips that you might find helpful while preparing your child for another hectic year.
1. Reading – Have your child read everyday, even throughout the holiday period. Reading more, allows your child to get used to sitting and focus for a longer period. Reading helps children with their literacy skills and broadens their imagination.
2. Organised – Help your child stay organised. Children learn best by the people around them. Modelling how you can are organised. Making lists or have a to do chart each day will often help put things into perspective. Have your child make a list of things to do each day including some house chores.
3. Timing – It’s all about timing. Does your child take a long time to complete their homework? If your answer is yes, this tip is for you. Explaining a timer is going to be used when they complete activities and remember a timer is not meant to rush them but rather assist in helping your child spend adequate time doing something. It’s a good idea to let your child know half way how much time they have left. When completing their homework, setting the timer will assist them by working at a controlled and concentrated pace.
4. Being Independent – Independence is crucial at any age. First of all, it is hard seeing your child grow so quickly but they can’t be little forever. Start having your child do things independently. That means no help at all from you and best of all it can be applied to chores and homework. Additionally, do not stress, you can always check how they went afterward but give children a chance to do things on their own.
5. Bored – Being bored is not bad. Parents are always thinking of ways to keep their children occupied. While this leads to children not being able to think of ways to stay busy because parents are always doing the thinking for them. Start having your child think of ways to keep busy without getting ideas from you. Try and eliminate electronics. As a result, this will also improve their problem-solving skills.
Importantly, it is best that you know your child and what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are. Get to know your child’s teacher and make them aware that you are approachable at any time to discuss your child’s progress or issues you may have or the teacher may have.
Guest blog by Nancy Rezk
Nancy has over 10 years teaching experience. She graduated from ACU with a Bachelor of Primary Education and Master in Education specialising in Literacy. Nancy is currently the K-2 Coordinator and Media Officer at St Bishoy College.