While it is certainly important to get a strong start at the beginning of the school year because this is what sets the tone for the rest of the year, it is equally important to finish the grade strongly so that students can feel proud of the work that they have put into their year. A child’s number one thought may be that he just wants to be done. However, it is important to set him up with success for the next grade and even for a solid report card at the end of this year.
All of the paperwork, report cards, and teacher communications may now be floating around the house. Students may not feel as motivated to keep track of paperwork and could lose information about class parties, upcoming reports, and assignments and even end-of-the-year meetings with teachers. Now is not the time to let disorganization take over. Instead, parents should help their children stay organized by going through backpacks every evening and by creating specific spots around the house to put papers and folders.
Spring fever sets in early for many students who just want to be outside for the summer. This can make it easy to lose track of assignments until the last minute or to turn in papers late. Parents should encourage their children to finish up their assignments early so that they do have time to kick back and relax. Finishing assignments up early will also take much stress off students who are chronically stressed or anxious about school.
Using time outside in the newly nice weather as a motivation can help speed students along in their assignments and on their homework. It is certainly important to let children have time outside to enjoy good weather. Fresh air and sunshine can fill them with energy and motivation. Another option is to work on homework or assignments outside in the beautiful, sunny weather.
It can be easy for parents to feel just as stressed about end-of-the-year schoolwork as their children do. However, focusing on the finish line can remind both parents and students about the goals that they set at the beginning of the year.