If your child has learning challenges, a successful school year begins in July, not the first day of classes. Set up your child for success by reviewing his IEP or 504 Plan, developing organization systems with him, communicating with teachers, and more during the summer months.
Here are a few of the ten ideas offered by ADDitude magazine:in
Create a home staging area.
Organize school systems together. Determine your child’s biggest organizational challenges and come up with solutions before classes begin. Visit an office supply store and check out the materials designed for organizing papers, supplies, and time. Choose systems that will be easy enough for your child to manage at school and at home. For example, if you know he loses his homework, buy pocket folders and label them for work to be completed on the left, finished work on the right.
If he can’t find books in his locker, buy a locker shelf and encourage him to organize books according to his daily class schedule.
Find a tutor or homework helper.
Set learning goals together. Sit down with your child and brainstorm about the goals of the upcoming school year. Let him talk; you listen. Focus on strengths, as well as on areas that need improvement. Make goals attainable. Meeting goals empowers a child to meet tougher challenges later.
For a younger child, have her answer questions like “I want to learn…”, “I want to avoid…”, “My strengths and weaknesses are….”
Plan your child’s after-achool activities.