Our Perspective - August 2012
A periodic message from Community Foundation Board Chair, Phyllis Kindelan, and President, Jim Williamson.
Five Ways to Prepare Your Child for a Successful School Year
Back-to-school season is an important transition for students and their parents. Regardless of grade level, how well your student is prepared – physically, intellectually and emotionally – has a profound effect on her or his ability to learn and grow in the classroom. By following these tips you can help your child successfully begin the school year with anticipation and confidence!
- Begin the transition to the school routine this month by moving bedtime a little earlier each day.
- Check with school regarding what supplies your child will need to bring and any uniform requirements.
- Talk to your child about school as much as possible, highlighting all of the fun things he or she will do.
- Make a point of contacting your child’s teacher(s). Attend back to school nights or open houses to find out about class expectations and extra-curricular activities.
- Set a strong routine as school starts. Make a habit of daily attendance and homework completion, including at least 20 minutes of reading per day.
As part of the Foundation’s early childhood development initiative, First Years First, CFGNB works with local collaboratives and programs such as the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative, Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, Tunxis Community College and Central CT Literacy Volunteers to increase the number of children participating in pre-K programs, train teachers, enhance curriculum and foster family literacy. Since 2005, First Years First has invested over $900,000 in grant support to these and other early childhood development programs serving the children of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.