Parents' positive expectations facilitate a smooth transition to 5th and 6th grade:
- Parents can set a tone for how transitions are handled ~ students are typically excited about change, and some apprehension is typical.
- Share your enthusiasm about the transition and your confidence in your child's adaptability.
- Support their readiness and help them develop resilience ~ remind them often of their mastery of skills.
- Stay focused on your child's strengths ~ encourage & celebrate small steps toward bigger goals.
As they move into the routine of the school year:
- Listen carefully & with an ear for how to empower your child to problem solve situations they are prepared to handle. When your student comes with a concern or problem ask: "What have you tried already?"
- Monitor and supervise activities ~ especially technology based activities.
- Continue with consistent routines at home ~ and know it's that little things help kids stay grounded.
- Notice and make adjustments if your child seems "over-scheduled".
The greatest gift you can give your son or daughter is the gift of your confidence in their capabilities and their hard won resilience.
- Remain involved ~ Do expect to see your child's planner & help him/her build organizational skills.
- Ask questions and check with us if you have concerns ~ we want students to thrive at Sakai.
- Stay focused on their strengths ~ encourage & celebrate small steps toward bigger goals.
- If things get difficult for your child, trade information for worry and engage us in problem solving.