While the official start of fall is not until September 23, it’s time to start preparing for the school year. Getting your child off on the right foot is important. There are several things you can do as a parent to ensure your child is ready to keep his learning momentum going and growing throughout the year.
Don’t lose skills in the last days of summer. Keep reading, writing and practicing what he or she developed last school year. Use flashcards to practice math facts. Work on fun projects that incorporate academic skills. I
As the first day of school approaches, contact and introduce you and your child to the teacher and any additional support staff. It may be a good idea to send the teacher an email asking if you could stop by if you will need to share pertinent information without worrying about the ears of other parents listening in during an open house..
Ease the transition back into school by reestablishing contact with your child’s school friends. Schedule playdates or plan carpools before school starts to ease your child’s anxiety. Remember, there are plenty of parks around Woodstock and all of Cherokee County that are fantastic locations for getting your young ones out and active.
Practice your school routine for a few days prior to the start of the school year by having your child set their alarm, get dressed, and get into the car or to the bus stop on time. This will avoid first-day-of-school chaos.
It’s a good idea to review last year’s learning curriculum and preview next year’s. Look up the Georgia Performance Standards online or request a brochure from from your local school.
Make sure you and your child relax and enjoy the last days of summer. It’s important to have some down time before the rigors of school begin.