First day of school – check. Back to School Night – check. We’re half way through the fall semester and now is a great time to take inventory of the small things we can do for our students to help them have the best year ever!
6 Simple Ways to Boost Student Success:
A Good Night’s Sleep. Getting enough rest is one of the most important ingredients to student success at every age. Help your student find a good routine at bedtime. While there may be occasional late nights (sporting events, family functions, special school projects), a good night’s sleep will help your student focus better at school – and hopefully wake a little more cheery!
Time for Breakfast. It’s no secret that kids can’t learn if their stomachs are grumbling. A healthy breakfast goes a long way in fueling your student for success. When there isn’t time for a sit-down morning meal, pack fresh fruit, cubed cheese, granola or a health bar for your student to eat on the bus ride or in the cafeteria before class.
A Home for Homework. Create a space where your student can do their homework without distractions. If possible, sit down and review what assignments they have due for the week so they can learn to schedule their time and be prepared. TIP – suggest they begin their homework time with math or science. Research shows the brain works those types of problems best when their minds are still in ‘school’ mode.
Teacher Touchpoints. You’ve probably scheduled your parent-teacher conference, or maybe you were the first one in line! Make sure that isn’t the only time you touch base with your student’s teacher. Read the class website, blog or social feeds and check for updates sent home about class activities. Ask the teacher how s/he prefers to communicate (via email, class website, phone call) and the expected turnaround time for a routine conversation.
Volunteer TOGETHER. Involving your student in helping your school builds pride and ownership! Many school and PTA activities need help from family members of all ages – consider…weeding the school garden together on the weekend, staffing a carnival booth, cutting out materials for bulletin boards or preparing a potluck meal for teacher appreciation events.
Participate AGAIN. Keep leading by example because support for your student takes shape in many ways! Look for a school volunteer job that fits your busy schedule, like these fun ways to help from home - click HERE.