Back to school tips for parents

By Ken Esten Cooke—

Although back in class for a week now, parents and students may not have “hit their groove” as far as getting back into the swing of school.

The U.S. Department of Education offers these helpful back-to-school tips for parents to help re-establish important rituals.

Get children to bed on time. Proper rest is essential for a productive school day. Earlier bedtimes and turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before lights out are essential.

Communicate with teachers and the school. Get acquainted with your child’s teachers and let them know you want to be an active partner in helping your student succeed. Keep track of your child’s subjects, homework, activities and progress. And consider serving on the local Parent-Teacher Organization that supports your child’s school.

Provide healthy meals. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious lunches, and if you need additional help, find out if your family qualifies for any child nutrition programs.

Prepare a study area. Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions and make it clear that education is a top priority in your family.

Read together. Pledge to read with your child for 20 to 30 minutes each day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading opens up new worlds of fun and adventure for children. There is no more important barometer to success than literacy.

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