By Teachers, For Teachers
The last several months of school are very hectic for the teachers and students. There’s so much to get done before summer break, and not a lot of time to do in. But teachers and students aren’t the only ones who have a lot to do: Parents have it just as hard. They, too, have to finish up their work and get ready for the summer months. With summer break right around the corner, there’s a lot to think to about and do before school is let out. To help parents get through the spring chaos and get ready for summer break, share these 10 tips with them.
As the school year winds down, it’s easy to let your children stay outside longer and go to bed later. However, the academic year has not yet ended, so it’s important to keep children in the same routine as you did the whole year. If you made your child eat a snack and do her homework as soon as she got home all year long, then make sure she continues to do that. Don’t change your routine just because the time changed and the school year is almost over. If your child’s routine is to go to bed at 8 p.m. during the weekday, then stick with that. If you try and change it now, you just may see a little monster in the morning when you wake up.
Just as you may have set beginning-of-year goals, you should set end-of-year goals as well. If your child’s goal was to get on the honor roll in the beginning of the school year, their goal should be to get on the honor roll at the end of the school year. Each child’s goal should be unique to them and their needs, wants, and abilities. Just make sure that you make the goals together to ensure they have a positive outcome.
The end of year means nicer weather, which also means spring sports practices during the school week. When this happens, academics sometimes takes a backseat. Be sure to not enlist your child in too many afterschool activities while school is still in session. This will ensure that your promoting school is still a high priority.
Just because it’s the end of the year doesn’t mean that children can slack off on their homework. It’s just as essential to keep up with your studies now as it was in the beginning of the school year. Actually, it may be even more important, because end-of-the-year grades can have a major impact on your child’s overall grade, which can determine if they’ll pass of fail the school year. Ensure that your child doesn’t sacrifice their homework for playtime just because it’s warmer outside and the sun stays out longer. Make sure that you’re consistent with your study and homework routine right up until the very last day of school.
Now is the time to go over all of your child’s past and present report cards and really analyze them. Look to see if there’s any subject that needs a little more attention from your child. If you have any questions or concerns, now’s the time to call the teacher. This will help you determine which course of summer enrichment or summer learning your child may or may not need.
Keep your child learning this summer by enrolling them in a summer enrichment program. Springtime is the best time to start looking at these programs because they tend to fill up quickly. If your child is in need of some extra help in reading or math, then you will want to consider a summer enrichment program to help them be ready for the following school year. Or if they lack in social skills, then you may want to consider a summer drama-type camp, or a theater of youth, where they can work on their communication skills.
Is your child going to be starting a new school district next year, or are they moving up a grade, which means a new school? To help ease your child into this new school situation, make sure that you take the time to take a peek at the school new school grounds or the new classroom. Also, try and attend any or all school orientations. Helping your child get familiar with their new surroundings will help ease their jitters and make the following school year a little more stress free for them.
Spring is the time that school districts are deciding where they’ll place their students for the following school year. If your child is in elementary school and you have a teacher that you want them to be with, now is the time to write a letter to the principal. Depending upon your school district, most schools will ask that you write a letter of request to the principal. Many schools will only allow you to request what “Kind” of teacher your child would work well with, not an actual name of a teacher.
If your child is in high school, then a summer job is a great way for them to learn some valuable life experiences. It’s also a great way to learn how to make and manage your own money. Find out your child’s interests and research summer jobs with them. If they like children, they may be good at being a babysitter or park attendant. If they love animals, they may consider getting a job at a veterinarian office as an intern for the summer. They can also volunteer somewhere in town to help out their local community.
Saying goodbye to friends can be extremely hard. These children have been with the same kids and teacher all day, every day. Help your child stay in contact with their friends over the summer by having them exchange phone numbers before school lets out. Have them say goodbye to their teacher by choosing a special end-of-year gift to show them how much they appreciated them.
Do you help prepare parents for the end of the school year? If so, feel free to share your summer break tips, tricks, or suggestions in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this topic.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com