Successful Start to the School Year








10 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Child for Success:

1. Sleep: Set up a regular bedtime and wake-up routine.

2. Positive Attitude: If your child is feeling anxious about school, keep a positive attitude.


3. Open Daily Communication: Speak to your child daily about his/her school experience. Caution don’t ask general questions: How was your day? What did you dotoday? Instead ask specific questions such as: What did you learn in literacy/math/science etc. today? Who did you play with at recess today? What did you play?

4. Set up a homework routine: It is important to provide your child with a quiet area to do his/her homework. In that space   provide him/her all the supplies he/she will need to complete tasks. The location of the homework area should be easily supervised. Setting up a schedule (e.g., 3:30 -3:45 walk home, 3:45 to 4:00 snack, 4:00-4:30 homework, etc.) will help develop routine to complete homework. It is really important you see what comes home for homework and you engage in the process.

5. Get involved in school events: You can get involved in your child’s education in many different ways such as School Council, field trips, pizza lunch or volunteering in the classroom.

6. Keep a close eye on your child: Look for change in eating or sleeping habits, comments he/she makes about classmates’, the school environment, teacher or lack of comments.

7. Reading: Read every night with your child! This is much easier with a younger child but it is just as beneficial with older    children. With older children you can read the newspaper together and discuss current events, read through a school textbook or read a magazine that your child has chosen.

8. Prepare Healthy Food: Have your child help you prepare his/her snacks and lunch.

9. Teach self-advocacy skills: Encourage your child to self-advocate. Teach your child to ask for what he/she needs. Focus on manners and social skills. Rehearse at home.

10. Communicate with the school: Communicate with your child’s teacher on a regular basis.