8 Tips for Parents for Back to School #FallBackToSchool
We’ve Got a Twitter Party too August 27, 2015 7-8pm EST
Whether your child is starting elementary school or high school here are some helpful tips!
We’ve now officially been through every elementary school year and the first year of high school with our daughter and believe it or not it does get easier! Over the years I have found that there are just some things that have made our lives easier for the start of the school year and throughout the rest of the year no matter what grade my daughter was going in to. I thought it was time I shared some of those tips and I’d love to hear from all of you what some of yours are as well!
My daughter when she was younger 🙂
Kindergarten was one of our toughest years because well it’s the first day my baby was going to school, they’re so little at that age. There were a few other reasons too such as, we didn’t know any of the other parents. My hubby and I did not grow up in that particular area, we hadn’t lived there very long and with us both working full time we just had not gotten to know anyone. None the people on our block had children our daughter’s age so there wasn’t that opportunity either, we literally knew no one and nothing about the school except we had heard that it was a good school and it was walking distance from our house.
So this leads us to our first tip which is long but to me it’s important from our experiences.
If you don’t already know any other parents, get to know some! Join in on community events, ask the school if there’s any parent groups they know about, so start this well before your child starts school. Better yet if your child is pre-school age, sign them up at the pre-school closest to the elementary school they’re going to. This way you’ll know parents of other kids before they’ve even started elementary school.
Knowing other parents is an invaluable network so mom and dad make friends with other parents, you and your child will benefit from this from everything to someone to ask questions of, find out about missed homework and more. This tip applies to high school too, trust me we’ve gone through both but because at least going into high school we already new some parents, it has made things easier for starting a new school.
Know when school picture day is 🙂 We missed it one year as she was sick so we it outside of school
If any parents you know have older children at the same school ask them to tell you what to expect for future grades, the scoop on the teachers and work load for your child. We were prepared for grade 4 as we learned it was a hard year at our school with projects and homework load.
If you’re new to the school, ask for a tour (some schools schedule parent nights for those new to the school) find out what the school has to offer, name so teachers and what grades they teach if you can and then find out what you can. You can never have enough information, trust me more is better.
Check out the school website and if for some reason they don’t have one (almost all do) ask for a list of dates of events, early dismissals, photo day, school supplies etc.. Most if not all do have a schedule of events and then mark them in your calendars. There’s always professional days (students not in school), early dismissals and so much more.
End of elementary school time for high school – time does fly!
Once you know who your child’s teacher is, ask them what’s the best way to contact them when you have questions. Questions about your child’s progress, clarification on what they need to do for homework etc.. can come up, believe me things come up. Some teachers respond quickly by email, some by phone, some have their own websites set up for homework assignments. Just find out what yours likes to do.
As a parent of a forgetful child who struggles with attention and organization this was crucial for us.
Find out if your child’s class has a parent contact list. This list is handy for parents for a variety of reasons, you’ll have a list of parents in your child’s class with their contact information. If they don’t have one ask if you can set one up, I did this one year and did it for my daughter’s entire grade. Parents loved it and they all asked to be on it. It came in handy over the years, not just for the that grade.
Attend parent teacher conferences and find out not only how your child is doing but what their teacher is like. It’s your chance to ask them questions and get an idea of their style of teaching and more. For high school meet all their teachers, it’s still important in high school trust me!
Our last tip but it covers a lot. Ask questions, never be afraid to ask questions of the teachers, principal or other parents. If you’re confused about something or just don’t know the answer, just ask someone! You’ll be surprised at the information you learn!
What tips would you like to share? Feel free to comment
Now for the fun side of back to school. Since that’s what it’s all about right now. #FallBacktoSchool twitter party!
August 27th 7pm-8pm EST!
Sponsored by Follett!
Follett, a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content, and they are launching #FallBackToSchool, a campaign focused on how parents and children can prepare to head back to school.
Of course a party has prizes! Follett will be giving away prizes:
- Grand Prize: 1 iPad and 1 $200 Visa gift card
- Prize 4: $100 Visa gift card
- Prize 3: $100 Visa gift card
- Prize 2: $50 Visa gift card
- Prize 1: $50 Visa gift card
Four things you MUST do to make the event work for everyone:
- RSVP below.
- During the party to view discussions and comments you must set up a #FallBackToSchool search on search.twitter.com, make sure to click on “all” so you can see the current tweets and not just the “top” tweets. Of course you could also use TweetDeck, TweetChat, or Hootsuite if you are familiar with them.
- Make sure you are following our Sponsor @FollettNews our Host: @SimplyBeingMom &@MrDad, and our co-host: @BabyCostcutters, @ItsFreeAtLast, @MomsWhoSave, @blueviolet and @powerbymomblog
- To make comments and/or replies you must include #FallBackToSchool somewhere in your Tweet on Twitter. This is the only way your comment can be seen by the group at the event.
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To be eligible to win prizes from the twitter party you must be a legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
How to RSVP
Below, click “add your link”.
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