Preparing early for Next School Year!
Although the summer sun and lazy days at the pool beckon, smart parents know that the end of the school year is really the best time to prepare for next fall and to help create the most positive school experience possible.
Here’s a checklist to get you started:
- Find out about next year’s teachers, the school’s curriculum and expectations
This is particularly important if you have a child who will be moving up from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school. Familiarity with next fall’s teacher(s), an understanding of the curriculum, campus layout, band and team tryouts, and some frank discussions regarding behavioral expectations are in order.
- Address academics in advance
Daily review! Kids will feel more at ease if they are prepared. That may include ordering books early, pre-reading, or signing up for tutoring sessions to stave off the “summer slide.” For example every morning for 30-45 minutes my daughter and I work on her Chinese, math, and English summer worksheets as well as online programs (e.g. Xtramath) to help her build her confidence for 2nd grade.
- Talk about any important health-related issues
Although most parents have already scheduled in annual sports physicals and booster shots, mental health is also important to address; so it’s also a good time to talk to them about their school life—are they happy with their teachers and friends? Is there anything that’s worrying them about the coming school year? Are they being bullied or are they the bullies? Reviewing social media accounts can be very helpful. The end of the school year is the best time think about changing schools, so speak to your kids about any issues that may warrant considering a new school or new friends.
- Investigate new opportunities
If you’re planning to change schools, it’s crucial to start searchingwell in advance of August. Make appointments to talk to principals, tour schools, meet with faculty, and address any special needs. Planning early will give your child a chance to mentally adjust to a new environment.
Always remember to tell your child the following each day:
- Believe in yourself
- Love yourself
- You were born for special reasons
- Look for ways to help others today
- Your primary purpose is to discover what your unique talents are (that no one else in the world has)
If you would like to learn more about me or my practice Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, PLLC and have questions feel free to visit my website www.iccounseling.net as well as read my Inner Compass Blog. My new book Abandoned to PhD: Integrating meaning and resilience in everyday life has been recently published and if you would like to review and purchase please visit https://www.balboapress.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001156603
Dr. Gerald Brown (Doc Brown) is owner of Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting PLLC in Cornelius, NC and Statesville, NC. He is passionate about fatherhood issues, immigrant concerns, and specializes in trauma work. Doc Brown has presented at various conferences and has a multitude of experience training organizations and corporations in diversity and multicultural resilience. He believes in helping individuals, couples, and families find meaning and integrate that meaning with various resiliencies in order to live purposefully and vibrantly. He is married with two daughters ages 15 and 7.