After a frantic few weeks of prepping for back to school, parents finally have time to take a breath (but not quite) – remember that there are still three more terms ahead! Here is an A-Z guide on how to manage your child’s schooling for the rest of the year.
Always plan ahead
Draw up a schedule for all after school activities, tests and school meetings.
Be a tech savvy parent
Educational apps can assist with reading and writing, and they make learning fun!
Be aware of your tone of voice when talking with your children.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Speak to teachers on how to make homework easier with study guides, or get a tutor to assist after school.
Embrace the organiser in you
Avoid stressful mornings by teaching your children how to put out their school uniforms and pack their backpacks the night before.
Focus on different meanings of success
Emphasise that improving marks and developing skills is also seen as success.
Help your children to focus their attention on assignments by setting goals. Break big projects down into manageable tasks.
Create a homework-friendly area with stationery supplies and schedule a set time to do it.
Have an inbox where your children can leave school announcements, circulars and homework diaries that need your attention.
Just have fun!
Take time out to play some games with your children.
Keep after school activities to a minimum
Allow the same time for sports, homework and playing with friends to avoid over scheduling.
Pack lunch boxes the night before and prepare a weekly schedule with lunch options.
Make reading fun
Reading the back of a cereal box aids with reading skills.
Never do your child’s homework
Provide guidance, not answers, when your children ask for assistance with homework.
Organise play dates
If your child is struggling to make friends at school, organise one-on-one play dates over the weekend.
Reward systems are positive reinforcements, e.g. well done stickers. Once they collect 10 stickers, reward them with a treat.
Create a code word between you and your child or anybody else fetching them from school.
Stick to rules
Set-up rules about weekday and weekend bedtimes and when to use technology.
Talk, talk… and talk
Take time out and discuss the school day, fears and concerns to encourage your children.
Keep an open line of communication with teachers to discuss any learning or behavioural issues.
Teach your child to value school by making connections from what they learn at school to what happens in everyday life.
Washing away laundry blues
Organise a separate laundry basket for school clothes and sports gear.
Explaining mistakes as opportunities
Share anecdotes of when you “failed” as a child, what you did to overcome it and what you learned from it.
You are only human
Parenting can be challenging, so know this: “Your best is good enough!”