Did you recently get an email or phone call that your child is failing multiple classes and could possibly fail for the year? Yikes!
Life happens, and then suddenly it’s halfway through the year and your
Here are 5 ways to help your child finish the year strong:
- Start with a clean slate – After you have had a serious discussion with your child about their grades, move forward. Do not dwell on their bad grades, instead encourage them about how much you are going to help them have a successful school year (because no child actually wants to fail).
- Get organized with a HOMEWORK folder – First, help your child organize their binders, folders, notebooks and get rid of all the old assignments from past marking periods. Then, get one folder to use as the HOMEWORK folder. Something that is bright colored that will be easy to keep track of. All homework from all classes goes in that folder and stays in that folder until it needs to be turned in.
- Keep track of homework easily – Gather a few sheets of notebook paper and STAPLE them into the homework folder. This is where your child will write down his/her homework every day. The
lessnotebooks, binders, and agendas your child needs to keep track of, the higher chance they have of being successful. Side note: discuss with your child’s teachers if a homework contract would be appropriate for your child (My answer would be YES!).
- Figure out what’s important – Contact your child’s teachers and ask what are the most important assignments your child should turn in. Sometimes, the amount of work is extremely overwhelming and your child could feel defeated before they even begin. Pick the assignments that are important and let the rest be incomplete. This is not a time to focus on perfection.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate! Continue to communicate until the end of the year with your child AND their teachers about assignments. This way there will be no confusion about what the expectations are for each class.