Top 12 Teacher Tips for Back to School

Top 10Teacher Tips for Back to School (1)Teachers see throughout the day how time at home impacts a student’s school day and academic performance.  Here’s 12 simple tips that Ss. Peter and Paul School teachers think are important for a happy, successful, confident student.

#1  Have a special place in the home to put electronics(phones,etc.) at night so kids can wind down and go to sleep. Kids are not sleeping enough and it impacts their school performance. -Miss Amato                            

Further Reading:                                                                                                                                                 National Sleep Foundation: How Much Sleep do Babies and Kids Need–A Simple Chart                  National Sleep Foundation: Improve Your Child’s School Performance with a Good Night’s Sleep

#2  Encourage your child to eat breakfast–something simple and nutritious.  -Mrs. Ackerman                                    

Further Reading: Parents.com:  Kids Who Eat a Healthy Breakfast are Twice as Likely to Succeed in School

#3  Hug your kids every day…even the junior high kids need to know you love them in a tangible way.  -Miss Amato

#4  Keep practicing math facts, addition, and subtraction.   -Mrs. Nigro                                                                

Further Reading: A Simple Chart of Grade Level Math Fluency

#5  Teach and practice tying shoe laces.  -Mrs. Nigro                                                                                                      

Furhter Reading:  So Simple: The Easiest Method for Tying Shoes (A Video)

#6  Read to or with your children every day; ask simple questions about the story. Mrs. Marconi              

Further Reading: Great Schools: Book lists by age, interest etc.

#7  Do not redo your child’s coloring, printing, bed making etc.They will get better at it!  Mrs. Marconi   

Further Reading: Parents Magazine: 20 Tips from Preschool Teachers

#8 When homework is finished, encourage your child to put in a homework folder and right into the backpack. So much time and energy are spent searching for assignments. -Mrs. Stachewicz                                

For Further Reading: SSPP School: Homework Time Tips

#9  Have your child to school by 7:30.  Students who arrive by 7:30 have time to settle in, get organized and socialize.  This sets a calm positive tone for the day. –Mrs. Zuccaro                                                                                

Further Reading:  SSPP School: Conquering Morning Madness

#10  Offer two choices. If you want your child to make good choices, be certain that the one you want them to choose is more attractive than the other option.   –Mrs. Marconi

#11  Foster independence. Have your child carry his or her own things to the classroom–they can do it!  Yes, big projects are an exception.  -Mrs. Zuccaro                                                                                                                                  

Further Reading: Parenting Magazine:  Encouraging Independence, Age by Age

#12  Lastly, but actually first: pray and take your child to worship.  -Mrs. Marconi                                                    

Further Reading: The Importance of Catholic Families Praying Together

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