Enforce a routine
People are creatures of habit, so establishing a set routine for different activities can be beneficial in giving your child structure to stay on track and succeed in school. One example is to establish a homework routine.
Sit with your child to figure out when will be the best time to work on their homework, whether that’s as soon as they get home from school or after dinner once they’ve had some time to unwind from the day.
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers afterschool care where your child can do homework, participate in physical activities, and try art and music. This can also be a part of an afterschool routine for your child to ensure they get an adequate amount of homework time and playtime.
On school nights, it’s also helpful to establish a bedtime routine. This can include a specific time to turn off electronics, read a bedtime story or an order of different activities to prepare for bed. Having a similar routine every night can help ensure your child will get at least 8 hours of sleep each night and can reduce bedtime conflicts.
Organization is key when it comes to staying on top of everything that comes with a busy school year. Ask your kid’s input on what they think will help them to best stay organized. Whether you use a whiteboard calendar in your child’s room or a personal planner that they take with them to school every day, find what works for them and stick to it.
Check-in with them weekly to make sure they’ve accounted for all their homework assignments, afterschool activities and anything special happening that week.
Take a Break
A new school year does not mean your child should be spending every waking moment studying or doing homework. If they’re not already, consider enrolling them in a sport or other afterschool activity.
See if their school offers any clubs that your kid can participate in to meet new friends and give their brain a break from school!
The YMCA has plenty of sports programs for any skill level, so your kid is bound to find something to get their energy out every week.
The start of the school year is the most important time to establish good habits to stay ahead of school. If your child is in a difficult class, see if there are study groups available that they can participate in. Staying on top of school work is key to making sure your child will succeed this school year.
Aim to start weekly homework at the beginning of the week so if any questions arise, your kid can get help before it’s due. If your child is struggling in a subject, seek help from a tutor early in the semester rather than right before exams.
Shift the Focus
In the end, school isn’t the most important thing in the world. Not every child will excel at schoolwork, so take off the pressure to get straight A’s. Focus on instilling a love of learning in your child, inside or outside of school.
Let your child find something they’re good at and impress the importance of pushing themselves to be better and grow in whatever they want to set their mind to.