Biggest Concerns That Kids Have About Going Back to School
Going back to school should be an exciting, yet naturally somewhat of a nervous time for kids. But preparing your child for success by applying the following strategies will help offset any unnecessary anxiety and get your child off to a great start of the school year.
1. Getting back to school year routines
Getting out of the summer mode is oftentimes a challenge for kids. Getting back into a routine and reestablishing structure means setting the ground rules on bedtime, a regular place and time to do homework, time they can spend with friends, using electronics, etc. This will help a child develop good habits for the entire school year.
2. Getting too much homework and knowing how to manage it
As students get into middle and certainly high school, the homework load significantly increases. Children, as well as parents, may be unaware of this, and children can be easily overwhelmed with all of the daily demands of homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and completing various projects. The solution is to once again get back into a routine that works. I recommend getting your child a wall calendar in which they can write down their weekly schedule. This allows your child to visualize what needs to be done and plan accordingly to accomplish those tasks and also holds them personally accountable for their responsibilities. Having a quiet place to do homework at a consistent time, preferably in a place that you can see them doing homework so they know that you see them, is very important. Set limits on # electronics use, especially cell phone, to prevent that from being a distraction, so they are able to complete homework in a time efficient, high quality manner. If your child is struggling with completing homework in a timely manner, set a timer and have it go off after a certain amount of time and have your child move on to the next subject. At the end of the homework session, your child can go back and complete anything that wasn’t originally finished during the set time frame.A good general rule of thumb is that there should be about 10 minutes of homework per grade level (e.g. First grade – 10 minutes; Second grade – 20 minutes) with some days being a little more or less. This will help you gauge how long you want the timer set for your child.
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