School resumes Monday, Aug. 23 in most school districts. Both Ft. Bend and Harris county students realize that summer vacation is almost over, and the students are now preparing for their first day of school. Most children are shopping for school supplies and counting the days until summer is over and the new school year begins. Parents probably have a “to do” list filling up with preparations for a new and exciting school year…or not. It seems the excitement only comes with the younger students. The beginning of their school experience is exciting and their passion for starting school is shown all over their new fresh faces. This should be the way all students begin their new school experience That excitement helps children’s desire to learn. As a parent, you can help to insure this happiness throughout the school years.
!, Attidude is everything for kids. It’s so important to display a positive and exciting attitude for children as they move closer to that day. They will follow your clues. It they see you getting highly stressed, they will follow. Keeping a calm attitude yourself will definitely rub off on your child. Students wanting to be at school and having that passion to learn are so much more ready to learn. A positive attitude also promotes self confidence and risk taking, as both will enhance a child’s desire to learn.
2. Preparation. Starting each day prepared helps instill confidence. Children that come to school knowing they are ready to learn, also believe they are prepared and open to any skills taught. Belief in themselves provides a great foundation to build upon, as a teacher. Students that aren’t prepared spend a great deal of time worrying and thinking about what they forgot. They begin to doubt themselves. A child never likes to be “the one” who forgot or ” the one” not ready. Children tend to put that label on themselves. They do not like to be signaled out for something they believe is negative. A child starting each day prepared and ready to learn has a great start to each day. Having a check list, or preparing the night before are good ways to help ensure this.
3. Respect. Displaying respect for others truly helps children who are learning in a large group situation for the first time. Most children have respect for their teacher. What they are sometimes lacking, is respect for others, and themselves. They will need to share, take turns,wait and listen, while others are trying to achieve the same. goal. Respecting classmates feelings, as well as their own, will surely assist in the process of classroon management. If students are able to listen and follow directions, it will also enhance the ability to learn from each other. A child who comes to school with this respect, will have an easier time adjusting to new and different situations. Respect for others will be positive in all aspects of their life.
4. Academic skills. We all know how important reading is to read to a child. Children do not need to be able to read, but listening and retelling a story is beneficial to your child. Making up their own stories or predicting the outcomes of yours, encourages open-mindedness and willingness to attempt it on their own. While children are learning to read, at the same time, they are also learning to write. Being able to hold a pencil properly, will make it easier to learn this skill. It can be taught at very young ages at home. This skill helps children to write and form letters and numbers with much more ease. Another skill you can achieve before school begins would be counting and Identifying numbers. Many children can recite the numbers, but corresponding each number with items is another skill, which also encourages further learning.
5. Behavior. Parents don’t always understand this, but behavior has a huge effect on all the students and the teacher in a classroom setting. Without classroom management, you will not have a successful learning environment. Many children are learning at the same time, in different ways. A child who always talks, takes away concentration from a child who needs quiet. Constant interruptions will distract both the students and the teacher. A child who is constantly out of their seat can also be a distraction. These behavior issues do not mean your child is a problem. It means your child may need to change or add learning styles. Your child, as well as others in the classroom, will greatly benefit without commotion all around them.
Children have less then 5 days to start school. Parents have a tremendous effect on their children, and are able to provide a firm foundation for both the student and the teacher, to build upon and enhance learning. Parents have more control over their children then they are aware. If you are happy and excited, children will feel that way too. A happy, confident and excited mom usually comes with child who feels that way also. This feeling can do wonders for your child’s learning ability and their desire to start school.