The first two weeks of school are a time when students and teachers build relationships, set expectations for learning, and reinforce the routines for behaviour. Follow these tips to help your child cope.
How to help your child during the first weeks of school
- Establish routines for bedtime and mealtime. Talk to your child about the benefits of their sleep and school routines in terms of not becoming over tired or overwhelmed by school work and activities, and help them stick to these routines.
- Keep the TV off in the morning to prevent distractions.
- Designate and clear a place to do homework.
- Send a brief note to your child’s teacher. After a couple of weeks, teachers can usually pick which students are going to struggle this year. Many parents don’t find out their child is struggling until they receive a poor end of term report. Let your child’s teacher know that you are keen to receive regular feedback on how your child is progressing. Find out how he or she likes to communicate with parents (e.g. notes, email or phone calls). Convey a sincere desire to be a partner with your children’s teachers to enhance their learning experience.
- Address learning difficulties early in the year. Don’t yet another school year slip by. Your child can achieve fast and lasting gains with a cognitive training program.
- Stay calm and positive. Acknowledge the anxiety your child may be feeling about their learning difficulties, work with the school to prevent the same from happening this year, and reassure your child that you are taking action to help them.
- Listening – Just as a child with vision problems needs glasses, it’s important that students with auditory processing difficulties receive help.
- Memory – Improving memory improves performance in all subjects.
- Paying attention – Improve attention span without medication.
- Reading and comprehension – the older children get, the more important reading is for school success.
- Language skills – students need to be able to express themselves so they can show what they know.
- Frustration, self-esteem – cognitive training programs make learning easier.
- English language learning – students become better at hearing sounds and improve grammar, vocabulary and comprehension.