Back to School Success
School is back is session for many parts of the world and for quite a few more it starts tomorrow. Are you ready? If you’ve started How did the first day of school and first week go?
We are preparing for Open House night this week at our children’s school. Do you have a mental list of things you want to find out? Have you written them down so you don’t forget? It’s normal for many parents have a bit of anxiety as they sit down to hear the new teachers way of doing things for the school year. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’d be surprised how much is maintained online for curriculum, games and grades. Find out how to access it.
My biggest suggestion is to find a way to volunteer at school and hopefully in your child’s class. Involved parents are better informed and can improve the students overall experience at school.
Finding Ideas for Kids After School
The first week of school your child’s folder usually comes home with tons of flyers for after school activities. Choices for sports teams, performing arts, academic clubs, music lessons, scouts, languages classes and more are there for you to make with your child on what to do. Sometimes it can get to be a bit challenging on what to choose to do.
Tips for Selecting Activities for your Child
My suggestion is to go with your child’s interest first, they are more likely to stick with the selected activity for the length of the program. Here’s how we encourage our daughters in After School Programs that were fun and budget friendly ideas.
Questions to consider when selecting an After School Program
- What will your child gain from the program?
- Take a look at the length of the specific class or club you have in mind, is it age appropriate? Will it fit with your schedule?
- Look at where it’s located, don’t forget rush hour traffic.
- Does your child have any peers in the program? Could you carpool?
- Consider expenses involved in the program.
- What is the potential growth for the program with commitment?
- How long is the session? 6-8 weeks is an ideal time commitment to keep kids interested.
- Avoid over scheduling your child with several After School Programs, make a balanced decision that factors in family time too.
Homework, Play, Dinner and Sleep take top priority for any After School Schedule. As you review programs do they allow enough for those important elements?
After School Linky Party
Please share ideas for School Ages Only, thank you!