Back to school: Start the school year strong
How to start the new year off on the right foot
You know back-to- school season is approaching when all of the summer inventory quickly shifts to racks filled with notebooks, backpacks and lunch boxes – among other critical classroom novelties.
The start of the school year is right around the corner, and how your CCA learner enters the first few days of school can set the tone for the rest of the year. It’s important for learners to get into good habits and routines early on so their school year can be as successful as possible.
Here are 5 tips to help your learner start the school year off strong:
- Set a new schedule. Studies say creating a set schedule can help give children a sense of structure, make them feel safe and ready to take on new challenges and tasks and teach them self- control skills. By taking into account the flow of your day and making a schedule that works for you and your learner, you can establish routines in which your child can feel comfortable and thrive.
- Plan for the week ahead. Planning ahead can help reduce stress in your family and can help children cope when they face new challenges or situations. You can make note of the days you will need more time and add this to your schedule, using the school planner or your own system.
- Give incentives. Setting realistic goals with your child and rewarding them once they meet those goals creates a rewards system that can provide motivation and reinforce good habits. A lunch at a favorite restaurant, a new book or Redbox movie rental could be the push your learner needs to meet deadlines on portfolios, tests or areas where they may be struggling.
- Attend some field trips. Taking time away from the books to attend field trips can help keep the motivation going, give learners hands on experience and provide a way for them to practice skills outside the classroom setting. CCA offers more than 500 field trips throughout the year across the state to enhance what is taught in the virtual classroom.
- Use your family mentor. Contact a family mentor for support. Our mentors strive to help every family be successful and can point you to helpful resources.