8 tips to start the school year off strong

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As students are starting off the new school year, it’s important to get into habits to make the year as successful as possible.

Michelle Sierau, Director of Operations of Smart Start Education, helped News 8 put together eight tips to help start the year off right.

  1. Talk with educators about the student’s goals for the year. Sierau says becoming actively engaged very early on, even before school starts, is the best thing parents can do.
  2. Tell your child you spoke with their teacher to help them hit those goals. “Let the student know that the parent is going to be present in their academic life,” said Sierau.
  3. Create a routine sleep schedule. Sierau says even if students aren’t going anywhere in the morning, to make sure they are up at the time that they would be up for school.
  4. Make sure kids have a designated place for homework.
  5. Get a weekly meal plan going for the family.
  6. Map out sports, dance, and all the other fun activities they have throughout the week. “Students like predictability”
  7. Creating and posting a calendar. “So that everyone can see what is planned for tomorrow the night before,” said Sierau.
  8. Make sure your child learns an emergency phone number.


Implementing these eight tips into yours and your children’s lives may help the rest of the school years to come go more smoothly.

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