Prepare Your Student

10 Tips for Preparing Your Students

Entering school in August is an exciting time for students. They are moving into what is often a new environment. This can lead to anxiety or periods of unease. Here are some steps parents and caregivers can take to help students start school on a positive note.

Be interested and enthusiastic about their first day.
Your encouragement will help your child to make a successful transition. Listen to their experiences and expectations. Don't dwell on your own experiences of school.

Attend the Orientation Days.
Keep a look out for the orientation days which schools hold in August. These days are designed to help parents and their children prepare for starting school. Some children, because of pressure from their peers, will try to discourage their parents from attending orientation days. Being there will help you understand your child's experiences better.

Make sure travel arrangements to and from school are organized.
Organize how students will travel to and from school. Contact the Transportation Department if your student will be riding a bus. Talk about back-up travel arrangements; for example, what to do if they need to take a different bus, have a different person pick them up, etc.

Discuss the changes every student will experience.
Emphasize that many people feel apprehensive about changing from a different grade level or entering a new school, and that there will be people to help them adjust.

Organize your child's clothing and supplies well before the first day of school.
Check the website for supply lists and have them purchased and labeled before the first day.

Learn about school routines and timetables.
Check out the website and gather information at registration about schedules and time tables.

Help your child to develop good study habits.
Try to provide them with somewhere private and quiet to study. Help your child to set aside a particular time to study. Work out a daily timetable that incorporates all your child's needs and interests. Regularly viewed TV programs, club activities, and sports should all be part of the timetable. Ultimately, they will need to manage their own study, and they can guide you in what is helpful for them.

Practice organizational skills.
In the first few weeks of school, you might want to check with your child that they have the right books for the following day. You will quickly encourage a good habit.

Discuss emergency and safety issues.
Talk about these issues - including crossing roads or taking essential medication - simply and without emotion. Allow your child to contribute their views. Find out who the staff are at the school that can help them if they need it such as nurses, counselors, etc.

Let your child know that you trust them and that they can trust you.
Keep communication open about all your child's experiences, and make sure they know you're available if things go wrong.