[r63] Messmer Report: Starting the school year off right

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, August 19, 2011

This week, many families have had to switch gears from enjoying summertime activities to getting back to studying and class projects. I know my kids were always excited to start a new school year, but it can also be overwhelming at times for both the parent and child. However, there are always steps you can take to get back into the school routine.

We are lucky to have excellent local libraries in our communities and they are a great resource for students to get back into the habit of reading and learning. Reading a book together or if your child finds a book to read alone in their spare time are both enjoyable ways to get their minds prepped for everyday academics. The Indiana Reading List offers great age-appropriate book suggestions for your student to read or for you both to read together. It can be found on their website:www.learnmoreindiana.org.

Next, parent involvement in a child's education can significantly impact their performance. Many schools offer ways to get involved and to show support during school activities. The schools in our area have a lot of community involvement and my wife and I have always enjoyed being able to get to know my children's teachers and friends at school events over the years.

If you're unsure of how to get involved at your child's school, call the school or contact their teacher. Regular communication can help you stay up-to-date on your child's progress, too.   The Indiana Department of Education website also contains a Parent Resource page where you can learn more about state academic standards for every grade level.   The link to this webpage is: http://www.doe.in.gov/communications/parents.html.

Finally, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers a free Homework Hotline for help on math and science homework for children in grades 6-12.  They offer help Sunday-Thursday from 7:00p.m.-10:00 p.m. at their toll free number 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673).

I hope you found some of these suggestions helpful. With a good night's rest, a positive attitude and some thoughtful preparation, your student will be ready to begin the school year off right.