Starting the school year off on the right foot helps the rest of the school year to go smoothly. ResponsiveEd’s foreign language and English language arts reading academic teams have compiled some suggestions for students and parents to help them stay on track this school year.

  1. Come to school every day. Missing classes can leave gaps in a student’s knowledge base that will make it difficult to build on prior knowledge.
  2. Be on time for every class. One of the simplest ways to prevent knowledge gaps is to avoid missing out on important information.
  3. Establish a routine. School can be stressful, but having a familiar routine helps students combat that stress.
  4. Make reading part of the family routine. Practice is important for learning. One way to have fun while reading is to have your children read aloud as someone prepares dinner.
  5. Make sure to read the syllabus and/or class rules very carefully. It is important, especially for the high school grade levels, to stay on track with assignments. Completing assignments as directed is one of the best ways to avoid missing out on easy grade points.  
  6. Surround your child with books. Put books in the car and in every room of the house. The number of books in a home often indicates the reading levels a student will attain.

  7. Ask the teacher if you don’t understand something. A student doesn’t have to give up on learning because they feel defeated.

  8. Communicate with your child’s teachers. The school year is a busy time for families and teachers, but the best way to avoid miscommunication is to establish effective communication channels with your teachers.

  9. Complete all assignments that you are given. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs to be done completely. The purpose of assignments is to help you learn and to help your teachers know areas where they can help you improve.

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