Coping with a new start

Whether it’s starting a new school, or just a new year there will be new challenges to face and new things to learn. This can be a daunting and sometimes scary experience for children, but we need to make sure they know that there are a lot of people there to help them. And also a lot more people in the same position as them.

From a teacher’s point of view there are a range of things you can do to help your class to achieve their best and reach the goal you set for them. Firstly make sure you keep a close eye on the class and support any children who are finding the new challenges hard. It could be that they are not listening in class, or participating as much as they used to. Or it could be that their work level has dropped. Issues like these are easier to sort out if they are spotted early on, and can often to rectified.

Another way in which you can help them is to make sure they are clear on the goals set out for them. If they can see a clear path to where they need to be it will be easier for them to make the progress. It also makes it easier for you to see where the issues may lie and in which areas certain children need more help.

Parents can also help by making sure that children are not only completing their homework when it is set, but also speaking to them about the grades they get for the homework. If they then need help in the future they will know that you are there to support them in any way you can. Homework is often a very good way to keep track on the progress your child is making.

Mother helping with homeworkEnsure you take the time to sit down with them at first and do their homework with them, especially if they have gone up to a new school. The work load will be a step up to what they are used to and so they may need some support. After a while they will become confident enough to tackle it themselves and only ask you to help when they need assistance, but by making the effort to start with you are showing your support.

It is also a good idea to build up a good relationship with your children’s teachers. This means that if they have any concerns or you want to speak to them about your child’s progress you will both feel happy doing so.

All parents want their children to do well, but make sure you don’t put too much pressure on them. For some, pressure from parents can make them excel but for others it has the opposite effect. It can make them feel that if they don’t meet the high standards that are set that they will disappoint you.

Making sure children make friends at school is not only good for the time they spend at school, but for outside school hours as well. They can spend time together to relax and unwind, as well as having someone to do their homework with. Encourage your children to have friends over for dinner, this will build the relationship you have with the children and their parents and will ensure that your children will have others around them that they can speak to if they are unhappy or unsure about something.

The main thing to remember is to support them in any way you can and make sure they feel comfortable talking to you about their school life. The more you involve yourself in their education the more likely they are to confide in you if and when they need to.

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