It's that time again. Summer break for our boys and girls is nearing an end. Communities are preparing activities to get everyone excited about the new school year. Parents are shopping for school clothes and supplies. Teachers are readying their classrooms to welcome students, ensuring that their rooms are equipped with all the tools they need to make learning fun.
Bright colors, pictures and other learning aids welcome children entering kindergarten, putting smiles on their faces. Children greet the first day of school with wonder, excitement and anticipation. We, as educators and parents, must do all we can to foster their joy of learning throughout their lives.
Many schools across the state are holding open houses and in some instances grand openings. I would encourage all parents to take advantage of this time and bring your child to meet the teachers, staff and administration who will be teaching, guiding and caring for them during the school year.
As a parent, I understand the range of emotions a child may experience during this time. The experience of the first day of school and moments filled with the excitement of experiencing new surroundings and making new friends can make a lasting impression on a child. For some children, the first day of school will be the first time they spend an entire day away from home and family. They may be anxious or nervous but hopefully excited about what's to come.
Parents should get to know the teachers and principals and let them know how committed you are in helping your child have a positive impact on the success of their school. Get involved in one of the many school organizations, such as the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Parental involvement plays a vital role in each child having a successful school year. Although the school day ends in the afternoon for most students, learning continues. Parents can help teachers by reinforcing at home what has been taught during the day. Good learning routines and habits begin at home.
Here are some helpful tips for parents and students to get a good start to the school year and to have a smooth and successful transition:
• Re-establish bedtime routines;
• Select a place to keep backpacks and lunch boxes;
• Designate a comfortable place to do homework;
• Most importantly, get involved.
Communities filled with successful graduates and lifelong learners will thrive in the future. Please contact the Mississippi Department of Education for any questions you may have. Best wishes to students and parents for a fun-filled exciting school year!