School’s back in session, but your little one is dreading it. How can you help him prep?
After the all of the holiday festivities, presents and non-stop fun, your child may be feeling a little flat to start the new school term. In fact, you’re sure he’s worried about the thought of going back to his normal routine and dealing with the “H” word (that would be homework, of course).
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“But, you shouldn’t make assumptions about his fears,” says Neil Smith, Head of Elementary at the Australian International School (AIS). Instead, Neil recommends talking to your son about all of the exciting things he will experience back in school, and encouraging him to set some goals for the first day and beyond. “For example, he could reach out to a new child or enjoy a game of football with his friends after school,” suggests Neil.
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He also advises keeping communication lines open. “Communication is a three-way process between the family, child and teacher. The more you involve your son in these discussions, the greater the impact on his learning,” Neil says. Lastly, he explains: “Knowing you’re there to listen and talk through any small worries should be enough to make your child’s first weeks go well.”
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By Hazel Vincent De Paul, From The Finder Issue 290, January 2018
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