In just a matter of days, your child will be returning to school. With the start of the academic year, your child will no longer be able to stay up past bedtime. Homework will also have to be factored back into his or her schedule. As you secretly count the days to the next round of school holidays, here are some tips to help your child settle back into the rhythm of school and learning:
1. Communicate with your child
It is important for your child to know that you are always there as a pillar of support. To help your child get mentally prepared for the new school year, speak with your son or daughter to get to know how they are feeling.
- Start conversations about their day at school: Get your child excited about what lies ahead (e.g. making new friends, riding the bus to school, joining a co-curricular activity, and learning new topics in class).
- Address any anxiety your child might have: Is there anything your child is afraid of? Does your child have any academic difficulties, low self-esteem, difficulty making friends? Is your child being bullied in school?
2. Get organised before the new school year
The first week of school will whizz past in a blur. To ensure that your child does not have a chaotic first week in class, be sure to prepare all the textbooks, notebooks, exercise books and stationery that your child needs before the first day of school.
- Have your child organise his or her study area.
If your child has not gotten down to this, it is time to do so now. This involves clearing out materials and resources that are no longer needed in the coming year and storing any resources/notes that can continue to be used going forward.
- Make getting organised a family routine.
Getting organised in day-to-day-aspects of your life can help you appreciate the value of being organised in your studies. A child should prepare what will be needed the next day before going to bed. Parents can model this behaviour as well so as to inspire their children.
3. Set goals for the new year
It is human nature to work towards goals, be they short-term or long-term. Some children often remain unmotivated through the year because they don’t really know what they are working towards.
However, if goals are charted clearly, and placed in a prominent place, they serve as a constant reminder to your child that they are working towards developing their knowledge, skills and values to attain these goals by a certain deadline.
In fact, if the entire family is able to sit down and set goals for the new year, it will be an ideal bonding activity. Setting goals as a family acts as a time for reflection and for the family to grow and develop as a unit:
So, what goals can children (and the family) set?
S: Specific (What do you want to achieve specifically?)
M: Measurable (How will you know when you’ve reached it?)
A: Attainable (Is it in your power to accomplish this goal?)
R: Realistic (Can you achieve this goal, realistically?)
T: Time-based (When exactly do you want to achieve this goal?)
Haven’t done goal setting with your child yet and unsure of how to begin? Download our free Goal Setting and Reflections Resource (English) to help your child with this process.
4. Zoom in on areas your child needs to work on
After goals have been set, your child’s areas of weaknesses will be relatively clear. If your child is entering a level with some significant changes in the curriculum (e.g. P2 to P3 or P4 to P5), you may want to sit down and discuss with your child some areas that you think he or she might need to work on:
- Subjects that seem rather challenging
- Topics/areas that may require more academic guidance
- Time management skills
- Revision strategies
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