Back to school is code for back to busy, with more things to do and it seems like less time to get things done. Everyone who has a scholar going back to school this fall knows how important it is to help them to develop the good habits that will contribute to their success in the school year and throughout their life. Take a little time to focus on these 5 simple steps to insure your scholar's success.
Get plenty of rest!
#1: Make sure your scholar gets plenty of rest. Studies show that most of us perform better during the day with a minimum of 8 hours sleep. So, whatever their age, encourage your scholar to keep regular sleep habits. Wind down from television and other electronics about an hour before bedtime. Create a dark, cool environment for restful sleep. Early to bed, early to rise...you know the saying? It is the most important of your 5 steps to success.
Reading is Essential!
#2: Reading comprehension is the road to success in any field that one chooses. Encourage your scholar to read by reading to them and having them read to you at every chance that comes available.While you're cleaning up the evening dishes, stuck in traffic, waiting in line at the grocery store, have your scholar read to you from whatever is available to read. A cereal box, a magazine or the labels on any items are great fun. Just READ as one of your 5 steps for success!
Your scholar must be prepared!
#3: Make sure your scholar is prepared with all the necessary equipment. A sturdy backpack, pencils and notebooks are basic essentials for most students. Find out what specific items are required for your scholar at their school then, be sure they have everything they need. One of the 5 steps for success in school and in life is knowing you have the necessary equipment. Feeling prepared increases confidence and promotes a positive experience. It is an essential component in the 5 simple steps for success.
Set goals for the future!
#4 Teach your scholar to set goals. Show them how the little steps they take today can lead to big steps of success for tomorrow Encourage your scholar to think about their future and make real plans for their success. Suggest they write down where they want to be and what they want to do in their future. Then, figure out the steps to get there. Help your scholar to have a dream so your scholar can have a dream come true.
Show your support!
#5: Always be supportive of your scholar and their situation. The attention required to support an elementary school student is different than that of a high school or college student. But, at every level, one of the 5 steps for success for your scholar, is to make them assured of your support. Let them know that you care and 'they ain't heavy'; you've got their back, if they need you.