Spring has definitely sprung and before you even realize it, another school year will be behind you. The end of the year is an exciting, yet stressful time for children and families. There are many things that you can do to help you and your kids finish up the year and make a smooth transition into summer, and ultimately, the next school year. Make sure that you and your little ones are all set to finish up the school year strong.
Stick to your routine. With great weather and daylight savings, it’s easy to put off homework and push bedtime back. However, sticking to your routine is crucial for kids to do their best.
It’s not too early to start planning for the next school year. If your child is making the switch to a new school in the fall, check into arranging a tour. This can help lesson any of your child’s (and your own) worries. If you’ve heard great things about a certain homeroom teacher, see if you can put in a request for your child to have him or her. If you believe your child needs specific accommodations in the fall, talk to the school now. Schools must evaluate and test for many of these and this can take a lot of time.
Get all of your ducks in a row. Do a quick check to make sure that your child will meet all of the necessary passing requirements. You still have almost two months before the last day of school to take care of any curve balls thrown your way. Talk to your child’s teacher or school counselor if needed.
Check-in with your child. A lot of kids are already counting down the days before summer break, but the end of the school year can be stressful for some. Many kids worry about upcoming achievement tests, finals, and if they are going to pass or not. It can also be sad to leave behind friends and favorite teachers. Talking things through and communicating about issues such as these can alleviate some of the anxiety.
Summer is just around the corner, so make sure you start planning for it. Keeping your kids involved in activities, camps, and socializing is essential for making the most out of summer. Summer is supposed to be fun, but remember to incorporate education into it when you can. If your child struggled in a particular subject or area this year, consider getting some workbooks or looking into a tutor. Many libraries offer summer reading programs and most schools have recommended reading lists available.
School is out in almost two months, so start preparing now. Talk to your kids and their schools to ensure the remainder of the year is smooth sailing. Before you even know it, summer will be here in full swing!