What your child really needs for school this year

What your child really needs for school this year

young child studying w: momby Kelsi Shipley

It’s one of my favorite times of the year: Back to School. As a child I always loved the smell of new notebooks, crayons, and markers. It’s no surprise that I became a teacher.

Right now, stores all around the country are advertising back to school sales. Some even have printed lists of what your child will need for the upcoming year. However, there is something that is vital to your child’s success that may not be on the list.

This school year your child will need a pencil to write, they will need crayons to draw, and they will need you to support them. You are a key factor to your child’s success in school. You are the keeper of their emotional, physical, and mental health. What happens at home, truly will affect the learning that will take place in the classroom.

You do not have to volunteer every week to support your child in school. As a teacher, I am grateful for the parents who volunteer. I am also equally grateful for the parents who help their children gain a love of education while at home.

Helping your child see that you believe education is important will make a difference at school. Your child will know that what they are learning is worthwhile, even if it takes time to understand a certain concept. Your child loves you, and wants you to recognize their good deeds.

You can help your child’s teachers at home by communicating with them. Letting your child’s teacher know if there is an issue you are concerned about, helps your child see that you are taking an active role in their education.

You can also help at home by making sure your child has a quiet place to do their homework. If your child has questions, try your best to help them. This may mean looking up information online, emailing the teacher, or taking your child early to school the next day. By doing this, your child will see that perseverance and hard work can pay off.

Your child will have many exciting times throughout the year. They will also have times where they feel discouraged or alone. Creating a loving and open relationship with your child will help them to feel safe during these times. If your child believes that they can work through their discouragement, they will be successful.

Education is one of the greatest blessings we have. Being able to learn, create, and initiate ideas generates positive self-esteem and success. I cannot wait for the upcoming year! As educators and parents, I hope we can all work together to make this year a successful year.

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