It is time for kids to return to school. Many children look forward to this while others simply take it in stride. Children should be encouraged to become involved in school activities and after-school events as well. This requires parents to take the time to transport youngsters and show an interest in their activities.
Check the school calendar and make sure you are able to attend school events where your children participate. This includes choir and band performances, scout troop activities, athletics and even the school play. Know when science projects are due and help your kids to be creative.
You may have moved into a new home in a new neighborhood. Your children may be starting new schools. It is not a bad idea to actually tour the school and have students learn more about it and the neighborhood before class begins. Parents can talk to the new elementary teacher or secondary school counselors if desired.
A newly constructed home should be completed for move-in before school starts. Although minor work may be necessary to complete the job, the home should be ready for occupancy. Young people may also have a chance to meet other children the same age in the new neighborhood if you can move in before school starts. This will make the transition to the new school easier.
Talk with your children about moving to a new school where they may not known anyone. Let them know that it is okay to express their concerns and reassure them that they will make friends.
If you are building a new home or renovating and old one, consider a quiet study area. This can be a dormer room or a den off of the family room. Your new kitchen island can have an area for studying with separate drawers for any needed school supplies. The study area should have computer access since this is how people of all ages now study.
The student’s cell phone has to be turned off during study time. This is even tougher than keeping them away from online computer games and Facebook. Keep video games in another area. Check homework before your kids start to play the latest fad game, access social media or other fun stuff.
Young people live with their cell phones, tablets and laptops. Schools in North Georgia, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Marietta and Smyrna integrate computer studies with classroom lessons. Attend all parent meetings schools may hold at the beginning of the year to inform parents how computers are used in the classroom.
The schools should also explain to parents about computer use for studying at home. You should know what the school expects from students and their laptops and what should be avoided.
Many schools have open conversations with parents and kids about bullying through direct contact or via text messaging. Although a school may be a “dead zone” for cell phone use, the phones are turned back on when kids leave the school grounds. Children must be taught to use their phones and other devices responsibly.
Go over the route to and from school for children who walk, ride bikes and take the school bus. Review the usual safety rules of only riding with parents or people approved in advance that the school knows about.
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