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5 Ways to Finish The School Year Off Strong

With each day growing warmer and spring beginning to bloom, it’s no surprise that children are eager for the summer months to arrive as the end of the school year inches closer. You may notice your child daydreaming out the window during homework time wishing they can play outside, or you can see they are losing steam at the end of the day. It’s so important for your child to stay focused and end the year just as strong as they did in the beginning of the year.

Here are five easy ways to finish the school year off strong!

Encourage Praise and Stay Positive

Praise is a great way to motivate and empower students, and meaningful feedback can also play an important role in the development of children. Acknowledge your child’s accomplishments no matter how big or small. By praising achievements, we help identify students’ capabilities and give them something to build upon. When used effectively, praise can boost children’s self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance through any challenge. This boost in self-esteem and confidence can fuel them to really give it their all towards the end of the school year.

Stay positive! Children are always listening and will emulate your attitude. If they overhear you expressing your desire for the school year to end, they will echo your sentiments. Try positive statements like:

“You’ve accomplished so much this year in school! Keep up the great work.”

“You’re doing a great job on reading more advanced passages. Let’s pick out even more books for you to read.”

“You almost got it! Keep going!”

“Look how far you’ve come!”

Set Goals

Setting goals doesn’t have to only take place at the beginning of the school year! As a parent, it’s important to encourage your children to always try their best and to strive for more. One of the ways you can help to foster this motivation is through goal setting. Tracking those goals can be just as important for your child because it will teach them skills like planning, time management, and accountability. By teaching children to take small steps towards their goals, it ultimately builds their confidence and gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Sit down with your child to complete a goal sheet to keep them motivated during these last few months of school.

Stick to a Routine

If you established a homework and sleep routine at the beginning of the school year, it’s still important to stick to that schedule. This will reinforce time management and keep your child on task so that you can ensure all assignments are being completed, and also so that you can know that they are well rested to take on the next day at school. According to the Sleep Foundation, children who don’t get enough sleep can have a difficult time learning. It’s recommended that kids between ages 6 through 13 get nine to 11 hours of sleep each night.

Take Breaks

Get outside and play! While it’s important to get schoolwork done, taking brain breaks is actually healthy for your child! Short breaks can help increase productivity and attention once they get back to work. A great way to spend a brain break is doing a fun and physical activity to increase blood flow to the brain to help focus and even reduce stress.

Get Organized

Who says school supply shopping is only reserved for the beginning of the school year? It’s a great time to take inventory of your child’s school supplies at this time. Are notebooks full? Pencils getting short? Stock your child up with all the gear needed to succeed, that way they can put in their best effort for the remainder of the year.

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