Back to School Tips To Help Students Succeed

Excitement and activity will fill classrooms around the province on Sept. 6, as students and teachers head back to school.

Here are some tips to help parents help their children start off on the right foot on the first day:

* Check what time school starts; students of different ages may start at different times.

* Get your children started on their routine before the first day. Consider having them shift to their school bedtime and wake-up routine the week before school begins.

Developing good study habits early plays a factor in student achievement. Parents can help their children study by:

· Letting your children see you read and setting aside time each day for family reading.

· Setting up a homework area away from the TV with adequate supplies and lighting.

· Keeping an assignment calendar on the fridge for quick reference of due dates, exams and how they fit in with other activities.

Parents play an active role in the school year by keeping students safe and healthy. Some ways to achieve this are:

· Make it easy. Keep nutritional snacks, such as cut-up fruit and vegetables, pretzels, cheese sticks, low-fat yogurt and butter-free popcorn, on hand.

· Schedule regular medical and dental checkups.

· Ensure that backpacks are no more than 10 to 20 per cent of the student’s bodyweight and that they use both shoulder straps.