The 2019-2020 school year may the furthest thing from your child’s mind right now. They are probably more focused on their summer break, a family vacation, or their summer sports schedule. That’s certainly OK, but it’s never too early to be thinking about the 2019-2020 school year - regardless of your child’s age.
One of the best parts about the new school year is it’s a clean slate. There are many ways to make sure next year is the best year yet. However, it starts with being prepared and staying prepared, making sure your child has regular attendance and being involved in your son or daughter’s schoolwork.
Get Prepared and Stay Prepared
Preparation sounds simple, but it really is the pillar of success is anything you do. The old saying is “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” There are numerous things you can do to be prepared for the upcoming school year.
If you’re in a cyber environment make sure you have a dedicated area for your child to do their schoolwork, make sure they have all of their materials for the upcoming year and develop a schedule for your child to stick to.
Attendance is Important!
Attendance can fall under preparation, but it’s so important it deserves its own section. State law requires your student to attend school on a regular basis. This is incredibly important to your child’s development and can make a real impact on their success. Just showing up is half the battle. You can’t succeed in school if you’re not showing up to class on a regular basis.
Being involved in your child’s academic life is crucial. The more involved you are, the more successful your child will be. In a cyber environment, the parent doesn’t have to teach, but they should be there to support the teacher - especially in the lower grades.
Being involved means keeping your son or daughter focused during the day, ensuring they are showing up to class and knowing how they are doing academically. Anything else you can do is an added bonus.