With schools back in session, many parents are finding it difficult to keep track of all the papers they are being flooded with. It can also be challenging to figure out exactly what your child’s teacher will be starting them off with for the year when it comes to the curriculum. The first days of school are usually the busiest and you will see that this is when they get the paperwork out of the way. They will usually not start any official schoolwork until about the second week of school in many districts. Whether you are an organized parent or not you can still manage to keep track of how well your children are doing in school, and what areas they need work in. Below you will find some simple ways that you can keep it all together, and stay on top of things.
Back to school night
Many parents fail to realize the importance of back to school night. This is the time when parents can really get the key information that they need when it comes to their child’s school year. Teachers will basically give you a general view of what your child will be working on, and the skills they should be mastering by the end of the year. During back to school night you should have a notebook with you. Write down exactly what your child teacher’s plans to start working with them on. Be sure to ask any questions you may have. It is especially important to find out when homework assignments will be given, and when they will be due back in. Since many teachers now have websites, and emails to communicate with parents you should find out if your child’s teacher has one. If they do write it down, and you can keep close track of what assignments they are working on.
Set up a homework station
Most teachers will be happy to provide you with a copy of the assignments that will be due, or sent home for the week. They can usually email this to you, or you can visit a site that they update. If the teacher does not have time to provide you with a list of weekly assignments you can set up a homework station without it. You will need a place where your child can put all of the homework they brought home for the day. This way you can easily check the bin for assignments, and go over the homework. If you see any mistakes on your child’s homework you will need to sit down with them and go over the problems. The homework station helps to ensure that each day you are up to date on what your child is working on and you can make sure that no homework is forgotten for the next day.
Search for resources
Since most parents don’t seem to remember everything that they learned in school, there may be times when a refresher course is needed. If you find that this is the case with you, do a little online searching for educational resources. This will usually only take you a few hours to do and you can do it on the weekend. Teachers often have a very long list of resources that you can use with your child at home and many will be happy to share this information with you. All you really have to do is ask for it. The resources may include homework help, or even games that will help to reinforce the skills that your child is currently working on.