5 Ways to Start the School Year Right - Kumon

5 Ways to Start the School Year Right

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With summer winding down and the new school year around the corner, preparing your children for school involves much more than picking up the latest fashion trends, school supplies, and must-have gadgets. It requires doing some “homework” before that first school bell rings to ensure your children are prepared.

By following these easy tips, not only will you make it a smooth transition into the school year, but your children will enter the classroom with confidence, ready for a successful year ahead.

  1. Set specific goals.

    Work with your children to determine what they want to achieve this school year. Help them break long-term goals down into smaller goals that they can see themselves achieving.

  2. Deliver genuine praise often.Back to school infographic in the shape of a bus

    Praise your children not only for what they accomplish, but also for what they try to accomplish. Let them know that you believe in them and reflect on any new skills they gained over the summer like independence, time management, and perseverance.

  3. Set up a study area.

    Make study time more effective by creating a distraction-free zone away from TVs, tablets, and phones. Be sure this area is stocked with necessary supplies like pens, paper, markers, scissors, etc.

  4. Establish a consistent homework routine.

    Schedule a daily homework time and make it a part of your family’s routine right from the start. This also helps children to see that homework is a priority.

  5. Get to know your children’s teachers.

    One of the most important aspects of any parent-teacher-child relationship is the establishment of regular communication. This will strengthen the relationship in developing healthy homework habits which will in turn help your children have a successful school year.