As we begin a new year, individuals make resolutions to improve various aspects of their lives. Your resolution might be to lose weight or to walk more or to save more money. Those are some of the more common resolutions we hear about. I would challenge you to consider what you can do to support your child(ren) to ensure success between now and the end of the year. You don’t have to be a trained educator to help your child. In fact, many items on the list below has more to do with integrity than formal learning. While I’ve discussed some of these in previous blogs, they are a staple in a parent’s bag of tricks to help their child(ren). It is my hope that this list will motivate and encourage you to prioritize student learning.
- Get plenty of rest – When an individual works out, they schedule periods of rest to allow the body to recover. The same holds true for the human brain. Students must have at least 8 hours of rest each evening. It is important that parents establish a routine each day so children get the required amount of sleep.
- Eat healthy meals – The human body must have the proper fuel to function. This holds true for a child’s developing brain. Nutritious meals are important. Please make sure they eat a proper breakfast with juice and protein. If you pack a lunch, be sure to remember fruits and vegetables.
- Arrive on time – Parents, this is all you! If you know that car pool takes a little longer, plan to start your day early and arrive earlier than normal. Remember, our school doesn’t have a traditional transportation system. In other words, we only have 6 buses. This translates into a larger number of students riding in cars than in a traditional school system. Please plan accordingly. When you arrive late or try to bypass our car pool system, you are teaching children it’s okay to break the rules. Let’s work together to send the proper message to our children.