Make sure students are prepared. Students should have all their supplies prepared and laid out each night before school, to ensure nothing is forgotten or overlooked. A good night’s sleep is also crucial. If students are not well rested, they will not be able to focus properly and absorb the information they are being taught throughout the day. It is recommended that elementary school students be in bed by 8:30 pm, middle school students by 10:00 pm, and high schoolers by 11:00 pm.
Ask teachers the right questions. Back to school night (and similar events) is a chance for parents to not only meet teachers but gain some insight into their child’s school routine. It is important for parents to take full advantage, but for most, it is a missed opportunity. This is the time to ask any questions you may have. What is the homework policy? How much homework will my child have? What is the daily schedule like?
Be present. Students need all the help and support they can get, especially from home. Find creative ways to ask them about their day, beyond “how was school?”. Show your student how much you care about them and their day by saying “tell me about something fun you did today” instead. Being present goes beyond simply helping with homework in the evenings and showing interest in their days, however. If your child is struggling in any aspect, whether it is academic, social, or otherwise, it is important to collaborate with teachers to find a solution.
The success of students, particularly young students, can be largely impacted by parents. Make sure yours is a positive impact.