Whether this is your first experience of being a Tabeethan parent or your child is returning to school for the 12th time WELCOME! We are very pleased to have you with us.
Starting the school year can be exciting and stressful, but it is also a time marking a new year with new possibilities. As always, the staff of Tabeetha are dedicated to helping their pupils reach their full potential by encouraging them to be the very best they can. As we come to the end of the first full week back at Tabeetha, I want to tell you that we are off to a good start. We have gathered some tips from various sources on how to help your children have a joyful and rewarding school year.
- Be at school on time, every day – Children and young people miss so much by being late to school so please make sure they arrive on time . The 5-10 minutes they spend talking or playing with their friends before the bell rings, relieves the morning stress and creates a positive approach to the day ahead.
- Creativity – Try to find different approaches of introducing creativity into your child’s life. This includes the everyday creativity inspired by our daily routines and interactions. For example, if your child is struggling with Maths, you can practice addition/subtraction together while doing your grocery shopping. This will show them the practical use of all that’s been studied in class and stimulate their interest in the subject.
- Re-define Success –according to Janis Norton, the founder and director of the “Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting Centre” in London, far too many children today are given the message at home that they’re very bright. This can create mixed feelings and lead to frustration especially if the child is experiencing difficulties in getting things right away. Janis suggests encouraging a “growth mind-set”; meaning there can be gradual improvements but it will take time and focus. This mind-set ought to help your child improve his/her confidence.
- Being bright is not enough. To be successful in life, your academic skills are just not enough. You also need a set of social skills. So dear parents, don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability; teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind and to offer help. Teach them to be a friend of the lonely and to encourage others. Teach them to share and to look for the good. In other words, practice our school values.
- Leave them be– How many times have we heard the phrase “I am bored.”? Instead of chasing your child’s next entertainment, just leave them alone to have independent free play. It helps them relax and clear their minds. Let them clean up after themselves and do things for themselves – i.e. preparing their school bags or snacks if they can. This will teach them to work well independently at school and to develop resilience, problem-solving skills and confidence.
- Rewards and sanctions – If you want to attempt to change your child’s behaviour and attitudes, remember that this is a gradual process which takes time. Recognise and reinforce the effort your child makes each step towards the desired behaviour. This will teach them that the way to reach their goals is just as important as setting them in the first place.
We hope you will have a great year at Tabeetha and remember to DREAM BIG, AIM HIGH and ACHIEVE SUCCESS!