Summer is over for kids in Texas Hill Country schools (Commence “yays” and “boos,” depending on your perspective)! They probably won’t have homework or exams for the first few days, which can give you extra time to support new organizational strategies and put some plans in action to help set the school year off right.
Establish a good relationship with teachers early on
A lot of parents wait until back-to-school nights to raise any concerns or connect with teachers. However, if you have a concern about your child for any reason—whether they're starting a new school, hitting a new milestone, or if there is any kind of learning disability involved, reaching out to teachers early on and addressing any potential issues may be worthwhile.
“Children thrive if parents can have clear expectations for behavior and enforce those standards consistently,” said Focus on the Family. Whether that expectation is straight As—with no exceptions—or simply a policy of trying your best, communicating that expectation with your child gives them a greater understanding of what they need to do, which can set them up for success.
Create a distraction-free zone
Everyone who got a little lax with TV and tech time over the summer, raise your hand! Now that school is starting again, it’s time to cut back on the distractions. “Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework starting at a young age,” said the American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren.org. “Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.”
Set up a supply area
Chances are you’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money on supplies for your children in Texas Hill Country schools this year. But, they’re all going with your kids to class. Creating a well-stocked supply area at home with paper, pens and pencils, and anything else your kids will need to complete their work can help them to be prepared and stay on task.
Maintain a regular homework time
Expert recommendations aside, you know your children best. Perhaps they’re so tired when they get home from school that they can’t possibly sit and do homework effectively. Or, maybe they need to blow through it right away because they get too tired later on. It may also be that each of your children needs a different homework time. Paying attention to what works best for everyone and establishing a daily pattern can help them manage expectations.
Make a plan
As you receive syllabi for each of your children’s classes, go over them together and take note of important dates so you can calendar them. Big projects or important tests can become stress points, especially if left to the last minute. “On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks,” said KidsHealth. “Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible,” they said.
Let them do their own work
If you haven’t yet attended your first Science Fair, you can look forward to browsing the different entries and noting the ones you’re pretty sure were done by the parents. It’s normal to want to help, whether it’s a math problem your first grader doesn’t understand or a college application essay your high school senior is struggling with. But, recommends KidsHealth, try hard to resist. “They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.”
Living in New Braunfels
Kids who live at The Crossings are fortunate to attend schools in the acclaimed Comal ISD, known as one of the top school districts in the area. Comal ISD was the only public school district out of 1,040 in the San Antonio metro to earn five stars in last year’s Texas Smart Schools program. That equates to being in the top 20% for academic progress and in the bottom 20% for spending, according to News Radio 1200 WOAI. All campuses in the Comal ISD regularly achieve the highest standard in the TEA Accountability Ratings.
For more information about living in the Hill Country or Texas Hill Country schools, visit The Crossings. The Crossings is a 288-acre masterplanned community that features two single-family neighborhoods from leading builder Lennar Homes. Sixteen modern floorplans are offered, with spacious gathering areas and coveted features including granite countertops and window coverings included at no extra cost. The Crossings is convenient to all the best of the Hill Country but features a private, serene feel with most homes backing to a greenbelt. The community also offers an array of on-site amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails.
You can also quickly schedule a tour of Phase Two homes at The Crossings at the link below.