Episode #18- Back to School: Tips for Success
1. Setting School Expectations
First thing you want to do with setting up school expectations, is to make sure they are REALISTIC! You don’t want your kids to be set up to fail, you want them to set them up to succeed!
- Minimum Grade requirement – In our home it is at least a C-, and can be increased if the kid can do better than this.
- No Tardies
- No Absences/Skipping Classes
- No Missing Assignments
- Good Behavior (You will need to define what this means to you).
- School Note
- Foster kids is responsible to take the note to school, get it signed by their teacher/s, and bring it home.
We also take notice of what things the foster child is struggling with as school goes on. If we notice they really struggle with getting to class on time, then we turn our focus to being to class on time for awhile. You can still work on other things, just make this one the main focus.
2. Study Hour
#1 thing to do with this, is be consistent. If you have them do a study hour only every once in awhile, it will not be as effective. It will be set up based on your schedule and theirs, but make sure it is something you do around the same time every week day so they can get in the habit.
Be prepared for them to not bring any homework to work on during study hour. They may have homework to do, but left it at school (didn’t want to do it), or they really might not have any homework to do. Regardless of which it is, make sure that you have some things available for them to work on so that they can do their study hour anyway.
If they know that you will make them do their study hour no matter what, they will more likely bring home their own homework to do, instead of doing extra things that they aren’t even going to get credit for at school.
Make sure to stay in contact with their teachers. If your foster kid is consistent with not bringing home assignments, you could easily find out what they need to be doing from their teacher. Some of the teachers may even have assignments online for you to print at home or they could even be an online assignment anyway.
Make sure you are a Support and Help to them. If they have a math assignment that they just can’t figure out, be willing to sit down and try and figure it out with them. If you just can’t figure it out, make sure they are getting the help they need from someone else. They need to know that we are on their team and will help them anyway we can (Of course this does not include doing their homework for them).
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Until next time!
Ben & Deb Pugh
The Foster Parents