Back to School Preparation for a Successful New Year

In almost any field, you’ll find that preparation and success go hand in hand. This is definitely the case when it comes to getting our kiddos ready to go back to school. Transitioning out of the excitement of summer and into the daily routines and responsibilities of a school year isn’t the easiest task for young people, but with a little preparation, children can be off to a positive start when that first bell rings.

Here are five ways to prepare for the new year.

1. To get more insight into grade expectations, visit the Texas Education Agency and look for the TEKS for your student’s grade. Get a head start before school starts by introducing some of the general concepts and discussing themes so your child will be ready for the challenges.

2. Do a few refresher sessions on the previous year’s math concepts. Use whatever resources are available to ensure the basic principles are fully understood. Math is a critical and progressive subject, so it’s important to fill in any gaps so children are prepared to start learning more advanced ideas in their new grade and not fall behind.

3. Don’t let the summer slide affect your child too much. If your child has particular challenges in reading, use these last few weeks of summer to engage in some reading tasks with the goal of increasing word-recognition as well as the comprehension of ideas. Reading is the most important ability a student can have, because it affects all subjects. Summer is for fun in the sun, traveling and enjoying your down-time before school starts, but if you do nothing else academic this summer, we highly recommend that you devote at least 30 minutes three times a week to reading practice. You’ll be glad you did as it will help your child to succeed all through his or her school years.

4. A well-rested child is a child who’s ready to learn. Don’t wait until the night before the first day of school to re-align bedtimes and nightly routines. Get these patterns started ahead of time so that when school days roll around, the transition will be smooth.

5. If you’re responsible for purchasing school supplies for your school, do your back to school shopping early to make sure you have all the required items for your child’s new grade. If you’re not sure what these items are, contact the school.

By preparing in these and other areas, you’ll be helping your son or daughter to be ready for the start of school and all the amazing new things the year has in store for them.