"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding..." - Proverbs 3:5
St. Barnabas’ 8th-grade class is months away from a big, new transition. For many students, after nearly a decade on our campus, the next stage in their education will land them on a public school campus for the very first time this August. This transition, like all others in life, brings a mixed bag of emotions including excitement and fear.
Homework can often be a big point of contention during the school year. This is frequently due to the fact that students may not really understand the purpose of their homework assignments or have so many after school activities scheduled that they’re left with very little free time. Overwhelming work loads can also cause them to resent their at-home assignments, so it’s important that they understand the value and purpose of homework. Communication with your child’s teachers about homework concerns is key to helping maintain an appropriate balance.
As a parent, you’ve likely heard your child complain about being bored at one time or another. We live in a world of constant stimulation. Whether it’s smartphones, TV, or video games, your kids likely have access to sources of entertainment that are highly stimulating and can make other things in life seem boring. So, when should you be concerned about your child’s perceived boredom, and when is it simply a lack of desired stimulation?
Time management can be a huge source of frustration for both parents and students when it is not put into place. Teaching your children valuable time management skills can make everyone’s lives easier in a variety of ways. The biggest source of frustration for most families is the inevitable conflict that arises through forgotten projects or events that result in last minute panic.
While occasional school absenteeism may seem harmless, any absence can have a negative impact on your child’s school experience. Regular school attendance plays a vital role in your child’s education, and it’s important to understand ways that you can help your student to recognize this.
A common decision parents face is when and if they should allow their children and teens access to smartphones and other mobile devices. While there are some benefits to providing children with this technology, in many cases they are outweighed by negative consequences.
As a parent, there are few things more heartbreaking than to see your child in tears because they’re lonely. Companionship is one of our most basic needs as humans, and it can be difficult for your child to process the complex feelings that result from a lack of relationship with their peers.
If you judge the experience of being a “band geek” by pop culture references in movies and television it can seem like a generally unpleasant experience, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Being part of band culture is a richly rewarding experience that your student will always treasure. Cultivating music appreciation begins at an early age and can stay with your child for the rest of their life.
The term “self-advocacy” simply means that a person is able to speak up for themselves and articulate their needs. Parents of children with special needs are likely familiar with the importance of their child being able to self-advocate, but it’s a skill every child should learn regardless of whether or not they have special needs.
Regardless of age, organizational skills are something every student should learn. It can affect their success in the later grades, and your sanity throughout all of their schooling. If you build good habits early on, it will be much easier to maintain them later.
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is an accredited private school located in DeLand, Florida.