A new school year equals a fresh start. Here are five ways to start the school year off right and make the transition from vacation back to the classroom a smooth one.
Establish a consistent homework routine right from the start.
Having a designated “Kumon time” for each day sets clear expectations for when your child needs to do her work. This not only establishes a homework habit, but helps her understand that homework is a priority in your home. Some children prefer doing Kumon before the school day starts. Having a structure in place promotes disciplined study habits, consistent study, and time management skills.
Create a distraction-free study area.
To facilitate getting started quickly and maintaining concentration, have your child study in an area removed from distractions. All devices such as TV and portable technology should be put away or turned off. Supplies such as pencils and erasers should be within arm’s reach.
Connect with your child’s teachers.
Try to meet with the teacher for a few minutes as soon as the school year begins. It’s good to build rapport and know the new expectations. Building a relationship with your child’s teacher can help you understand how your child is doing and how you can help your child best at home.
Limit screen time.
Over the summer break, children usually have more free time and that could mean more time watching TV, playing video games, and using the computer. The new school year offers an opportunity to initiate different habits such as limiting screen time to a certain amount of hours a day or week.
Be enthusiastic and praise effort.
Enthusiasm is contagious! If you’re excited, your child will be more excited. When you praise and are excited about your child’s day-to-day effort, she will be motivated and feel proud. When your child does their homework without a reminder that is good opportunity to praise her study habits and independence. Attitudes are infectious and an integral component to success.
At Kumon, we personalize our math and reading programs to fit the skill level of each child. Students of all levels learn to grasp concepts on their own and take full ownership of their success. It’s how Kumon builds an academic advantage in school and beyond. Join Kumon’s parent community at www.facebook.com/kumon for helpful tips and learn more about enrolling at www.kumon.com.