for your children's first day of school
Preparing for School
Ease Your Child into a
New Routine. Have him or her
go to bed at school-night bedtime a few nights before
the first day. Set an alarm clock for the correct school
Try a School Bus Run.
Go over your child's school bus route with him or her if
it's going to be a first-time bus ride. Find out how
long the ride is, and talk about things like bus safety.
Get Ready the Night Before.
Establish a routine that requires your child to pick an
outfit for the next school day, and to pack a book bag every
night before bed. This will help eliminate any last minute
rushing in the morning.
Things to Consider Before
the First Day of School
About the School
Is your child registered?
Do you know when the
first day of school is and what time it starts?
Have you completed
emergency contact forms and sent them back to the
Getting to and from School
Have you reviewed safety
precautions with your child regarding traffic and
If your child is riding a
bike, does he or she know the school's rules for
If your child is taking a
bus, does your child know the bus route? Does your child
know what to do if he or she gets lost?
Does your child know
whether to come home or go to a babysitter after school?
If you're not home after
school, does your child know who will be responsible for
him or her, what the rules are, and how to get help in
If your child is going to
a babysitter, does he or she know how to get to there?
Going to a New School
Talk About It.
Encourage your child to share his or her feelings. Talk
about the excitement of starting at a new school, and
discuss any concerns your child might have.
Take a School Tour.
Call the school and arrange to tour the school with your
child. Help your child find their way around the school
and the location of their classroom and the bathroom. If
possible, meet the teacher and principal.
Make a New Friend.
If possible, introduce your child to a classmate before
the first day of school.
Helping Your Child Study
Establish a Routine.
Setting a regular time and sticking to it helps children
complete their homework assignments.
Set the Mood.
Ensure the room your child studies in is quiet, has
plenty of light, and has school supplies close at hand.
Remove distractions by turning off the television and
discouraging social phone calls during homework time.
Show an Interest.
Ask your child about school activities and talk about
what was discussed in school that day. Take your child
to the library to check out materials for homework, and
make time to read with your child as often as you can.
Find out about the school's policy on homework at the
beginning of the school year. Ask your child's teachers
about the kind of assignments that will be given and
what kind of time frame the children have to complete
Ask the teacher how you can help with homework. Be
available to answer your child's questions, look over
completed assignments, and encourage your child to share
returned assignments so you can read the teacher's
Providing Guidance to
Learn How Your Child
Learns. Understand your
child's learning style and develop routines that best
support how he or she learns best.
Encourage Good Study
Habits. Help your child get
organized. Ensure your child has scheduled enough time
to complete assignments.
Discuss homework with your child. Talking about an
assignment can help your child think it through and
break it down into small, workable parts.
Find ways to support your child's efforts in completing
Reading with Your Child
Make Reading a
Priority. Let your child know
how important it is to read regularly. Establish a
regular time and place for reading.
Read to Your Child.
Make time to read to your child on a regular basis. It
is a great way to help develop a love of learning.
Ask Your Child to Read
to You. Have your child read
aloud to you.
Keep Reading Material
Close By. Make sure children's
books and magazines are easily accessible. Keep a basket
of books in the family room, kitchen, or your child's
bedroom to encourage him or her to read more often.
Visit the Library.
Make visits to the library a regular activity and let
your children select their own books.
Be a Reading Role
Model. Read a lot. Let your
child see you read and hear you talk about your books.
Safe Internet Use
Do Your Research.
Find safe and relevant sites and child-friendly search
engines for your child to use. Bookmark them for easy
Make an Agreement.
Create an agreement with your child that outlines which
site he or she is allowed to visit, and which areas and
activities are off-limits. Involve your child in this
Keep lines of communication open so you know what Web
sites your child is visiting. Pay attention to his or
her surfing habits. Let your child know that he or she
can come to you in case of trouble.
Activity. If you or your child
encounter suspicious or dangerous situations online,
report them to your Internet Service Provider and local
Encourage your child to talk about school, social
events, other kids in class, the walk or ride to and
from school so you can identify any issues he or she may
Watch for symptoms that your child may be a bullying
victim. Be aware of signs such as withdrawal, a drop in
grades, physical signs, or needing extra money or
Work with Others.
Tell the school immediately if you think your child is
being bullied. Work with other parents to ensure that
the children in your neighbourhood are supervised closely
on their way to and from school. Talk to the teacher or
school's guidance counsellor for some professional
Helping Your Child Prepare
for High School
Find out the requirements, choices, and processes
involved in planning your teen's senior high school
program with your child's teacher. Your teen will need
your assistance and advice.
Some Grade 10 courses are prerequisites for more
advanced high school courses. As well, certain programs
enable students to meet entry requirements for
post-secondary programs or acquire the knowledge and
skills to enter directly into a career. Keep future
goals in mind when planning grade 10 programs.
Post-Secondary. If your teen
intends to enter a post-secondary institution after high
school, check the calendars of these institutions for
admission requirements to plan his or her senior high
school program accordingly.