It’s the start of a new school year, and as a parent it is important to start the year off right by ensuring that your child feels comfortable with everything in their new classroom. A great way to do this is to gauge how they feel about the school year now, and then compare these feelings in a few months. You can start by asking your student some questions now that the school year has started, and review the answers in a few months to compare their feelings. Some questions to ask your child include:
- Who was the best teacher you’ve ever had?
- What was your favorite thing about this teacher?
- What was the best thing you learned last year in school?
- What are you looking forward to this school year?
Asking these questions will get your child thinking about how they like to learn, which helps you and them! Another idea that works well for the start of the school year is to create a time capsule for your child. One way to approach this concept is to give your child a sheet with questions such as:
- What’s your favorite TV show?
- What’s your favorite song?
- What’s your favorite book?
Leave enough space for your child to answer these questions at the beginning of the year and again in a few months.
Time capsules can include many other items too. In addition to your child’s question sheet, their time capsules might also include a hand tracing, yarn cut to measure their heights and writing samples. Seal the items in envelopes and open them at the end of the school year. You and your child will surely be amazed at their growth – physically and academically!
Engaging in these types of activities builds a positive learning environment where your child can learn best and most effectively. You can also determine if your child is truly engaged and learning the things you and they want to learn. Showing your child that you are truly engaged in their education and caring about their success will enable your kids to become the leaders of the future.