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Back To School: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know at the Start of the School Year

The carefree days of summer are coming to a close and the kids are back to school! Most parents are excited to get back to the normal structure and routine of the school year. While there is excitement about the new school year, there are responsibilities that come along with the new year. This offers students and parents an opportunity to come up with an organized schedule, establish healthy parent-teacher relationships and to find opportunities for growth. At Dock Mennonite Academy, we have some tips to help make this school year a success for both parents and students!

Establish a Schedule For Your Family
The majority of us work better when we have a routine that is structured and organized, and that holds true for children. Supporting your child’s learning at home will set them up for success. Developing a set time to do homework and prepare for tests will hold them accountable for their education. Using a planner or a calendar is one of the best ways to keep organized and remind you and your child to stay on top of homework and after school activities. If your child practices strong time management, they will be better prepared to achieve short and long-term goals.

Get to Know Your Child’s Teacher
As soon as the school year begins, try to find a way to meet your child’s teacher. Whether you attend one of the open houses or visit your child’s school, this will help to establish open communication and a strong relationship with your child’s teachers, administration and staff.  It’s just important for parents to get their child's teachers just as it is for the students to get to know the teachers. Be sure to ask your child’s teachers how they prefer to be contacted and the best time to contact them.

Get Your Child Involved
Encourage your child to get involved with extracurricular activities such as athletics, theater productions and musical programs. It’s important for your child to seek a balance between academics and after school programs. When your child participates in activities they are passionate about, it can help them concentrate and learn time management all of which can contribute to higher grades and more positive attitudes towards school. Whether it’s on the field, court or stage, these extracurricular opportunities are an essential component of the learning experience.

Ask for Help
Sometimes students can experience that mid-year slump, which can cause them to fall behind with their school work. For most students, asking for help can be intimidating, but it’s crucial to their success. Encourage your child to reach out to their teachers and ask for help if needed. This will empower them to take control of their education. It’s also a great tool they will be able to throughout elementary school, high school, college and once they decide to enter the workforce. Remember, the only silly questions are the ones you don’t ask!

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their child’s schooling, the student’s performance is elevated and they feel supported going into the school year. At Dock, each student is supported by a community that serves as an extension of family. From the support of teachers to thoughtful and involved parents, Dock is a community of learners. Want to learn more about us? Click here.