Published on April 28, 2017 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
Recently, I got a letter from my kid’s school reminding parents that we now have less than 60 days of school left before the end of the school year.
I Am. Pumped. Let me just tell you, kids aren’t the only ones who get end-of-school fever. Usually, about this time each year, I start to fizzle out and loosen the reigns. But seeing as it’s my kiddo’s last year of middle school, it’s more important than ever that I help him finish strong.
So in an effort to keep my head in the game, here are a few tips I’ve learned to help my kids end the school year on a good note.
Keep Up With the Calendar
With the end of the school year approaching, fliers come home almost daily about important meetings, conferences, projects and holidays. I use an app called Family Wall to stay up-to-date with all of our kids’ final activities for the year. I also send myself multiple reminders (one week before, one day before, day of and two hours before) of upcoming events with lists detailing what I need to do to make all of these things happen.
It’s a lot to manage by myself, so every Sunday, we sit down as a family and hash out the game plan for the week. This helps us all be on the same page for upcoming events and tasks.
Stick to the Routine
I am a creature of habit. I thrive on routines, and my children do too. They perform better at school and have better days if I consistently follow a routine.
But with the sun setting later and later at night and the weather warming up, it can be difficult to stick to consistent weeknight routines. Do your best to fight that urge to stay outside just a little bit longer, and keep consistent bedtimes, consistent wake-up times and consistent strategies for getting homework done before indulging in the outdoor playtime. Remind your kids (and yourself) that summer can be three whole months of sun and playing out late.
The minute you start slacking off, the kids will follow suit. It’s a law of nature. That’s why it’s critical we continue to stay involved as they finish these last rounds of homework, projects and test prep.
My kids bring home agendas that keep parents informed about what’s going on in the classroom. The teachers also write a daily newsletter that helps me stay in the loop. I make sure to read these so I know what really is or isn’t due.
If your school offers parents access to their kids’ grades through an electronic portal site, check to see if they offer the option to have the grades emailed to you regularly so you can keep track of what work might be missing for your kids. These portals are a fantastic way to stay on top of what needs to happen all the way up to the end the year.
Celebrate Their Progress
Each of my kids has a bin where we keep all of their school papers until the end of the year. We have found that sometimes the teachers forget to log papers into their grading system with the volume of work coming in, and we can go to our trusty bin to turn in these papers again and have their grades updated.
This bin also serves a second purpose: the ability to look back and reflect on how far they’ve come. Big milestone years like kindergarten are particularly fun to reminisce about the time before they knew how to read or write and marvel at their unbelievable new skill set.
Celebrate the incredible progress your child has made this year and keep that encouragement going strong until their final school day. Summer is right around the corner and you’re almost there.