Back to School Tips
Help your child succeed - back-to-school resources for parents
PTA connects families and schools, and one of the best things about a new school year is the opportunity to be involved in helping your child, your school, and your community. As you prepare your child to head back-to-school, here are a few key resources to help your child succeed.
TIPS FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
- Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
- Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun! Your child will see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years.
- Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus.
- If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk) to school and pick her up on the first day.
WORKING WITH TEACHERS
Working together, parents and teachers give kids their best chance to learn. California State PTA and the California Teachers Association joined forces to offer seven tips for you that will give your children the best opportunity to succeed in school.
- Just Ask. Ask your children what they studied in class today — what they liked and what they learned. Asking questions shows that school is important.
- Quiet Study. Choose a place for home study and make sure the room is quiet during that time. Creating a quiet place goes a long way toward helping your children learn.
- Regular Schedule. Set up a certain time of day that is dedicated to homework. Follow up with your children to be sure their homework is complete and turned in on time.
- Learn Together. If you want your children to read their assignments, give yourself an assignment, too. When it's time for them to do homework, take a break and spend a few minutes reading a book, magazine or newspaper.
- Learn Everywhere. Increase your children's interest in homework by connecting school to everyday life. For instance, your children can learn fractions and measurements while you prepare favorite foods together.
- Meet Their Teachers. Meet with your children's teachers to find out what they are learning and discuss their progress in school.
- Praise Helps. Praise your children for successfully completing homework. Nothing encourages children more than praise from their parents
A PARENT'S GUIDE TO PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL
California State PTA developed the following parent resource guides in partnership with the National Education Association.
- Successful Kindergarten Transition
- Helping Your Child Learn to Read
- Preparing Your Child for School
- Raising Scientifically-Literate Children
- Help Your Teen Get the Most Out of High School
- Learn more about the new state standards and what your child will be learning at each grade level
- Resources to help you and your child address bullying