The last day of school is right around the corner, and children of all ages are already getting excited and making plans for a fun summer. Waiting for the days to pass before vacation time starts can have children mentally checking out of classes ahead of schedule, though.
As parents, we realize that while the excitement is understandable, it’s important for our children to remain physically and mentally present at school.
Here’s how you can help your child or children get through the last couple of weeks of school on excellent terms.
Make Sure They Get Enough Sleep
The end of the school year is an exciting time for any kid, and as such, it can cause children to be a bit more active during the evening. To help keep them focused and ready to succeed during the last few weeks of school, ensure they get a full night’s rest every school night.
Let Them Expend Built-Up Energy
The warm weather and the thought of being free from school for a couple of months are enough to fill any kid with boundless energy. However, if you want to keep that energy from getting in the way of a successful end to the school year, find ways to help your kids wind down at the end of the day.
Encourage them to run around and play in the yard, or take them to your local park so they can wear themselves out before the following school day.
Monitor Their Projects
Part of finishing a school year on the right track involves making sure that final assignments have been completed and turned in on time. If possible, contact your child’s teacher to make sure he or she isn’t late on any assignments. In addition, go over their last few school projects with them to ensure everything is ready to go for the end of the year.
Reward Good Behavior
Most of the students at your child’s school are excited about summer. When everyone around your child can hardly wait for the end of the year, that excitement is very contagious. If your child gets through the days without missing assignments or disrupting class, praise them for it.
While good behavior is expected, showing your child that you notice and appreciate their good behavior can really help them keep up the effort throughout the last few weeks of school.
For your child, the last couple of weeks at school may pass at a snail’s pace, but it will indeed pass. As it does, it’s important to remind your child that the same effort, respect, and attendance are expected and appreciated. Remind them to do their best so they can take part in the rewards of summer fun.