Prepare your Children for the School Year

Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement | 07/27/2019

Kayla Mattas
Marketing and Communications Manager

Summer is almost over, and as parents we can prepare our children for success this coming school year.

Here are 5 ways to help prepare your child for back to school success:

  1. Start a sleep routine now. While our kids may have later bedtimes and less-strict schedules in the summer, jump starting a sleep routine before the summer ends can help our kids mentally prepare for school.
  2. There’s still time for summer reading. If you haven’t taken the pledge yet, that’s ok. Sign up and pledge to read 20-minutes a day with your child. That extra reading can make a huge difference in their future, improve language skills, creativity and boost their confidence going into the school year. It’s also a great idea to incorporate this into their bedtime or sleep routines to ensure they are reading every day.
  3. Go back-to-school shopping or attend a back-to-school fair such as the one for IPS with free school supplies. Helping your child feel ready for the school year starts with them feeling like they have all the tools and support they need to succeed in the classroom. Beyond just the supplies they will need for the classroom, help your child pick out their outfits for the first week of school. If you don’t already, plan to take a photo of your child in their back-to-school outfit. Help them start the school year out right by planning ahead.
  4. Plan to encourage and support your child. You can do this by creating fun and affirming notes to put in their lunchboxes, planning after-school routines for homework and healthy snacks, or planning some educational after-school activities.
  5. Know what your child should know. The Indiana Department of Education released Literacy Family Guides last week in preparation for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Did you miss the release? Find the guides here. 

Beyond the five activities above, plan to talk to your child’s teacher before the school year starts. Having a strong bond with your child’s teacher will be beneficial throughout the entire school year. Make sure their teachers know that you want to partner with them, and you’re open to conversations that help your child succeed in school.

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