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Getting In Gear: A Back to School Guide for Parents

By Judy Adorno, Director, St. Petersburg Sylvan Learning Center

help ensure that he is not overtired or overly anxious about schoolwork. If you’re feeling apprehensive about the upcoming start of school — frazzled mornings, preparing lunches, negotiating school attire and regulating “screen” time — take solace in the fact that you play a critical part in getting your children motivated and excited to tackle the new school year.

Develop A Family Event Calendar. One of the most helpful tools for getting organized is a family calendar. Keep track of school schedules and events, volunteer work, after-school activities as well as designated study and family time. Effective time management is the key to avoiding stress and disorganization.

Depending on your child’s age, your role will vary but here are some helpful ideas to ease kids of all ages back into learning mode:

• Depending on your children’s ages, your calendar can be on construction paper with large squares to write in all necessary information, or it can be produced on a white board so that it is easy to revise.

Help Your Child Discover His/Her Learning Style. Because each child is special, with different learning styles and academic needs, it is important to personalize the learning process. People learn in at least eight different ways, according to the Multiple Intelligences Theory: visually, verbally, physically, mathematically, musically, naturalistically, through group activity or through quiet thinking time. Think about how your child learns best and talk about her learning strengths and needs. Check in with her teachers early in the year and discuss how, together, you can provide the best support.

take advantage of the tax-free time frame. Be sure to include your child. She can feel excited and in control by choosing her favorite colors and designs. Be a Cheerleader. Encourage your child to share any concerns he has about returning to school. Reinforce positive feelings by talking with your child about learning and achievement. Support his academic interests and encourage him to get involved in extracurricular activities at school. Set goals together and have frequent progress checks and rewards. Notice and celebrate successes (big or small) once school starts. Plan now to celebrate the first report card!

• If it is color-coded by family member, you can clearly see who has an activity scheduled and when the event occurs. • Place the calendar in a central location so, whenever questions arise or plans change, you will know instantly whether it fits within your family plans. Purchase School Supplies In Advance. Avoid the last-minute rush by purchasing supplies in advance  —  and don’t forget to

Get Back In The Routine. Ease the transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing routines for reading and homework, bedtime and mealtime. Talk with your child about the importance of structure and how routines

Judy Adorno is the owner and director at Sylvan Learning of St. Petersburg. Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels with more than 35 years of experience and nearly 800 centers located throughout North America. Sylvan’s trained and Sylvan-certified teachers provide personalized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep. For more information, call 727-347-6284 or visit Petersburg.

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