It's that time of year! School resumes on September 3 at the regular time of 8:25. The school and staff are excitedly waiting to see all of you! School supply lists can be found on the website, through the online service offered through School Start (link on the homepage of LCA), or in last year's final report cards. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office. It’s time to switch from wearing a swimsuit to putting on brand new school clothes and to get ready to learn! Wishing you a great year!
Below are a few "Back to School" tips for Parents:
Setting routines for mornings and evenings—including nutritious meals and an early bedtime—helps children cope with stresses that may arise from starting a new school year. Routines have many benefits, namely, children feel comfortable and stable in their environment, resulting in more cooperative behavior inside and outside of school.
Encourage Good Homework and Habits
As your child enters a new school year the nature of their homework will no doubt change. It’s a good idea to try and gain an understanding of what they have been studying in the classroom and where homework fits in. You and your child should agree upon a regular schedule for when homework will be done, and for how long.
Make Early Morning Routine
Trying to get out the door on time when a school bell or a work commitment beckons makes for a stressful time before 9am. Clever parents know that a morning routine that works is the key to starting the day happy, prepared and ready to leave the house with a smile.
Help Them To Be Positive
Learning always starts at home and your child’s mood affects how well he learns. A positive outlook is the best thing you can inspire in your children to keep them performing well at school and willing to tackle their homework.
Meet Their Old Friends
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.
Visit Their Campus
If your school hosts an open house (the picnic!), be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.
Set Their Mind Free
Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.
Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.
Meet Their Teachers
Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with the teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small. (all contact information for LCA's teacher's can be found on the website)
Teach Them Rules and Behavior Of School
Make sure you can teach your kids rules and behavior at home! For students in the early years the focus will be on learning to work cooperatively with others and to follow instructions from the teacher. It’s a parent's job to remind and reinforce the school rules at home so kids understand why certain actions are unacceptable.