With spring comes the last grading period for your child. With typically two months of school to go, children are anticipating the lazy days of summer. They begin to count down the weeks, days, and hours until school is out and homework is history. The important thing to remember is that teachers are also counting down the days and weeks until they are done instructing your children. And what does that mean? A busy spring with lots of information to cover and lessons to learn.
As each school year progresses, it’s obvious the level of work your children are asked to complete increases and becomes more difficult. It’s the natural progression of all things – the more often one does something the more one can handle and the more difficult the level of work can become. As your child’s teachers look to the last grading period it is the time to encourage your child to push themselves to the max. Keep in mind it is also the last chance for teachers to cover the material they need, want or are required to cover with your children so the pace of instruction may increase.
When you add to this longer daylight hours, warmer temperatures, new activities, and sports starting you end up with a wild and crazy ride through spring. It is up to you as the parent to help your child navigate this time and be successful in the last of this school year. So what can you do to help?
3 Ways to Help Your Student Finish Strong
1. Make sure to check in weekly with your child. Have you child inform you of any and all projects/tests/quizzes coming up. This way you can help your child plan out the appropriate amount of time needed to complete and study for these requirements.
2. Use the weekends as a time to work ahead. There will be many more “last minute” assignments and projects. Using Saturday and Sunday to work ahead will free up weeknights for those last minute assignments.
3. Encourage your child to get help ASAP with questions or concerns. This is the time when teachers move fast. It’s the end of the race! Students do not have the luxury to wait and see what happens with a grade or to understand a concept. Help your child to stick to the “24 hour rule”, not allowing a question or concern go for longer than 24 hours. Have your child email/call/talk with their teacher within 24 hours.
All of these strategies will help your children do their best, finish the race strong, and ultimately learn the life skills of determination, tenacity, and endurance.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
By Megan Stone, founder and president of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.. She has been working with students and faculty members across the country for over fifteen years. Megan is the author of The Ownership Series (for post secondary students) and Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life). Contact Megan at Stone Foundation of Learning, Inc.