In order to put your child on the track for success, it all begins in their formative years. Because of this, you need to make sure that you prepare your child for elementary school. Start by researching the elementary schools in the area, helping your child get adjusted, and doing your part as a supportive parent. Think about these tips and use them in order to set your child up for success.
#1: Research the elementary schools near you
The first criteria you need to think about when choosing an elementary school for your child is whether it is public or private. A lot has been written about the benefits of certain private schools, but many parents prefer to send their children to one of the accredited public schools near them for a number of reasons.
Once you weigh the pros and cons and decide, start to visit schools in the area and plan a visit. When you visit these elementary schools, resist the temptation to judge a book by its cover. Focus on success and the quality of instruction, rather than the physical appearance of the school, since some schools may be older than others or experiencing budget cuts. Do everything that you can to find the school that will allow your child to thrive in many ways.
#2: Support your child in their learning
Before sending your child to elementary school, it is important to set up a culture of learning in your home. Start out by reading to and with your child every night, so that they can remain ahead of the curve and they spark their intellectual curiosity. Open dialogue with your child every day, so that they get used to telling you about their day and they develop socially as well. The more involved you are with your child, the better adjusted they will become.
#3: Join the PTA and attend back to school night
It is important that you also build a rapport with your child's teachers and administrators. This way, you'll know who to speak with when you have any concerns and will remain up to date with your child's learning, development, and classroom performance. Joining the PTA and attending back to school night will also help you find new resources of learning for your child, while getting on board with the curriculum and culture of the classroom.
Consider these three tips to help your child start off on the right track with their learning.