Dr. Faye Taylor, associate professor of Counseling in the College of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences at Argosy University, Nashville talked to Michigan Mom Living about tips for getting kids ready to head back to school.
During Dr. Taylor’s 44 years in the industry, she has been a classroom teacher, an elementary and a middle school principal, a resource teacher, a district level supervisor, a state level director of curriculum and instruction, executive overseeing federal grants, and a university faculty member. She ended her career in K-12 education as the Tennessee Commissioner of Education in 2003.
She recommends five easy tips for parents transitioning their kids back to school including:
- Establish a schedule and stick to it! Children need structure and routines.
- Be organized. Prepare the night before for the next morning.
- Talk to children about the new year. Find out about teachers and expectations as soon as possible and discuss any concerns your child may have.
- Communicate with teachers. Ask questions about school expectations and procedures.
- Establish a study time each night, and create an environment that is conducive to focus and attention. A good rule of thumb is to engage in reading or another academic activity for approximately 10 minutes times the grade level of the child.
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