Sound the alarms, the end of the school year is approaching! And as a parent, you may be starting to see the signs that your child is totally done, over and needing a break from school. Understandable to a degree, right?
Your kid has been putting forth their best effort for the past 9 months and their minds are ready for a bit of a break. While it may be relatable, it’s still extremely important to make certain that your child finishes up the school year strong. Don’t let all that hard work that they’ve been doing all year-long just fall off the face of the Earth. It’s the perfect time to teach your little ones the importance of following through on their school commitment and finishing strong so that on that last day as they hear the final school bell of the year, they can exit those doors knowing that they absolutely gave their best.
How to Rock the End of the School Year
- Talk to your child about the importance of being proud of their hard work. Take some time in the morning to reflect on the school year with them. Talk about the highlights, the projects that they completed, the reports that they researched and anything else that showcases them and their hard work. They may have forgotten how much they’ve truly done throughout the year when they start to get that “tunnel vision” for school being over. And with you taking the time to brag a bit about them and their accomplishments, it may just give them that extra added boost to finish up their school year strong!
- Tie up any loose ends. Check with your child and make certain that anything borrowed from other students has been returned, library books are back on the school shelf where they belong, and any late fees or lunch charges are paid up in full. While it’s important for your children to finish their school year strong, it’s just as important for you to make certain that you have all your loose ends tied up and squared away as well.
- Keep your child’s focus where it needs to be. As a kid, it’s so hard to not daydream about the pool, the countless hours that will soon be spent with friends, and the mornings of being able to sleep in…and we get it, it sounds amazing! But don’t let those daydreams counteract the efforts of learning at school. Even though there just may be a few weeks remaining of school, there is still learning going on and educational topics that are being taught each and every day. Let your child know that their excitement for summer is appreciated, but their focus needs to remain on schoolwork and classes until officially done for summer break.
- Sit down and make a summer plan together as a family. Family meetings are always important and are a great way to spark conversations amongst each other. Instead of talking to each person individually in your family, call a family meeting where everyone can hear and discuss everything that is currently going on, while also making a plan for the summer as well. During the family meeting, talk about the next few weeks left of school and how the expectations aren’t any different now for your children academically then they have been for the entire duration of the school year. It helps them to understand where the energy and focus should be, and it reminds them that it’s only for a few more weeks! Once that is well established and understood, focus on the summer plan for you and your family. Will there be lesson plans daily or is summer in your household more focused on fun outdoor activities? It’s important to discuss so each member of your family isn’t running around in multiple different directions. Plus, starting the summer break together with the same mentality and expectations is much easier than letting everyone feel as though they have no direction or understanding of the plan.
It’s important to finish up the end of the school year strong, but also remember to take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of your child as well. They’ve worked hard each and every day to showcase their skills and to further their education. To them, their school days are similar to your workdays. Compliment them on their hard work, use the suggestions above and ways to finish the school year strong, and then have fun relaxing a bit together as a family over summer break!