Presently in Minnesota, where I live, it’s the middle of winter. In other words… freezing temperatures, many inches of snow, and no sign of spring. Do not get me wrong, I love winter but for many people the thought of spring renews one’s attitude and enthusiasm for a fresh start. That said this time of year for school-age children is a perfect time for a “reset” in academics.
In most districts students are a few weeks into second semester. This equates to a fresh start in a new grading period. The benefits are a clean slate in grades, classes, and in life. It’s a start over with an empty grade book and possibly new teachers and classes. Friendships can develop too when children are meeting new kids in class.
Let’s talk about some ideas to help get this new beginning off on the right foot. Last time we discussed how to help kids set goals as well as to keep those written goals handy for reference. Review the goals and help your child re-evaluate where he needs help. Offer some tools for success in school. Here are a few to consider.
- Planner systems – Make sure that your child knows how to use the planner to keep track of all responsibilities in and outside of school. Record everything from homework due dates to music lessons and basketball practice.
- Weekly Meeting – Have your child run a formal meeting with you once a week explaining his progress in school and discuss future plans in school and as a family. Add these dates to the planner and your calendar too.
- Folder System – With any folder system, you need to make sure that your child can find their homework within 30 seconds. This test will help to show if your child has every paper in the correct place. Try hanging files in an office crate. Label each file for a particular class. Staple unit materials together to keep information neat and easy to find.
Help your child begin again in a new grading session by providing tools for success. A clean slate is a new beginning, brimming with opportunities. A fresh start, just like springtime!
By Megan Stone
Wife to Rick, Mom of 2
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.