It is important to develop good habits from the start.
Before school starts, help students create a daily routine for school: get up, get dressed and ready to learn at a reasonable time.
Keep normal bedtime routines, including limiting digital devices.
Review the routine and modify it if it doesn't seem to be working.
2. For Homework, choose a good place to learn
Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection.
Students should keep doors open, and practice good digital safety when they are online completing assignments.
3. Stay in touch
Have your child contact their teachers when they are struggling or have questions, it is an important part of becoming an independent learner.
Stay in contact with teachers, school leaders and counselors but understand it may take a day or two for us to respond.
Make sure your Aeries account is set to receive notifications by both phone and email
If you have concerns, let someone know.
4. Help students ‘own’ their learning
Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part.
Struggling is allowed and encouraged!
Don’t help too much. If you as a parent are spending hours hovering over your child helping them with their work, step away and let them work it out.
Becoming independent takes lots of practice. At Pioneer, your child usually engages with others students and any number of adults hundreds of times each day.
5. Begin and end the day by checking-in
In the morning, you might ask:
What classes/subject do you have today?
Do you have any assignments due today, Do you have any assessments today?
What resources do you need?
What can I do to help?
At the end of the day you might ask:
What did you discover?
What was hard?
What could we do to make tomorrow better?
These brief grounding conversations matter. Checking in students to process instructions they received from their teachers, and it helps them organize themselves and set priorities. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help students develop self-management and executive functioning that are essential skills for life.