With summer vacation just within reach, even the best students can lose motivation as the school year draws to a close. Instead, stay focused through the chaos to end the year with a bang – rather than a shudder. The following tips can help parents and students end the year on a high note:
1. Stay on the same schedule. While the last month of school is an extremely chaotic time for most families, it is important to keep a regular schedule as often as possible. Not only will this keep a sense of normalcy in the house, but it also gives children a sense of security in their daily routines.
2. Reflect on the school year. Sit down with your child and reflect on how their school year went. Ask them questions about what they liked, didn’t like, and would want to change. Doing this helps children recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as identify the learning styles or activities that did and did not help them during the year.
3. Create a keepsake. With a pile of papers a mile high, it can be hard to know what to keep and what to recycle. Have your child help you sort through their work, selecting a few papers, projects, or tests in each subject they were particularly proud of. Tuck these special projects into a keepsake folder or box to save for the future. You can even record information about their likes, dislikes, hobbies, and interests specific to this school year.
4. Say thank you to teachers. The end of the school year can be just as tough on teachers as it is on students. Take time to say “thank you” to the teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other school staff who have helped your child this school year. Showing appreciation doesn’t have to take the form of a gift; a sincerely written letter or handmade card often means more to a teacher than any gift card would.
5. Don’t be afraid to say no. The final few weeks of school can put extra time constraints on families. Between awards banquets, graduation ceremonies, end-of-year parties, and a myriad of other activities, your calendar might seem fuller than at any other time during the year. Don’t be afraid to prioritize activities and say no to those that are less important. Doing so will leave you with more family time – and your sanity – during this often stressful time.