New Year’s Resolutions: Ensure a Successful Education for Your Child in 2023
Ahh, the new year is here—time to make positive changes, and stick with them! Now, as a parent, you know how important a good education is for your little student. So why not make some cool resolutions to help ensure a successful education for your child in 2023, and beyond?
Whether your child is struggling in school, has an A+ average or falls somewhere in between, there are many ways to improve grades, test-taking skills and overall academic success at any age. You can set new goals, encourage reading, build a support system and more. We talked to parents, education experts (and did some of our own research online!) to put together a New Year’s guide to help create and maintain educational success for your child throughout 2023. Save it, refer to it, and keep it handy!
And don’t worry. Our resolutions are not all study, study, study. After all, we have to have kids on board for theirs successful education, too. We research ways to make learning fun at any age, from toddlers to teenagers. (BONUS: Even as adults, you might learn a thing or two about how to grow your own wealth of knowledge!)
Ensure a Successful Education for Your Child in 2023
It might be a no-brainer for most people, but education is important for a variety of reasons, including success in life. And it doesn’t matter what kind of school your child goes to, whether it’s public, private or any other type of institution. Much of what makes a good education is what children, parents and teachers put in.
Jennifer Cedro Puglia of Staten Island has two boys in Catholic school. For him, a good education will lead his children to be independent and focused on goals.
“A good education is the foundation of a better life and a better person,” he said.
Richie Blings, whose children attend public schools in NYC, agrees.
“I tell my children that you are a taller adult than a child. So, go to school, learn and get yourself a good job,” Blings said.
A Resolution List for Preschoolers: Ages 3 to 5 Years
Pre-school age refers to children aged 3 to 5 years. These are important years for building a foundation for learning. And it really doesn’t matter if you choose to keep your child at home during these years, or enroll them in daycare or preschool.
But if your child attends daycare or preschool, remember that grades aren’t usually given to them. They also learn how to socialize, which can be difficult to do at home. As Wendy Levey, an education consultant, explains, preschoolers get assessments on their attention span, focus, ability to count in sequence and share toys, among other factors.
If your child is in preschool this year, whether he’s a new student or currently enrolled, Levey recommends the following resolutions for 2023:
Be happy! Don’t leave your child at the door of his classroom looking like you’re going to cry. Wear a smile and cry at Starbuck’s.
Homework: Find out what is happening at school and reinforce it at home. For example, if teachers ask children to wash their hands and throw away their snacks afterwards, do the same at home.
Participate: Help with the school’s bake sale. Or go on a school trip. Things like this are not only beneficial for you, your child and the school…they’re also fun! And of course, parents/guardians must arrive at school on time to drop off or pick up their children.
Choosing to keep your child at home at this age? You are not alone! Many parents choose this route for a variety of reasons. behold these positive parenting tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you can use to make your preschool-age New Year’s resolution list and help ensure a successful education for your child.
A Resolution List for Elementary, Middle and High-School Students
In NYC, children enter kindergarten in the fall of the calendar year they turn 5. Elementary and middle school is the core of their academic career, and should provide them with a solid foundation for high school, college, trade school and eventually their chosen profession.
“I tell my daughter that her education is important for her success. There is so much to learn from school,” said Madeline Elena Vidal, whose daughter is in the fourth grade. “Her education is important now, especially if he plans to go to college to pursue anything. He also knows that college is not mandatory. Going to a trade school is also an option. “
Just like preschool, it’s important to be involved in your child’s school work at the elementary and high school levels. Gabrielle Gambrell, professor at NYU and Columbia University, says it’s important to take the time to talk about school in order to invest in your child’s education.
“As a teacher and a parent, I know firsthand how important it is to take an interest in your child’s education,” said Gambrell, who is also the founder of Gabrielle’s gift, says. “This can be done by spending time discussing school with your child, their day, curriculum, class work, homework, what they are excited about and more.”
There should be no distractions from phones, electronics, or any other distractions. All emphasis should be on sincere discussions about school and its importance.
“This time will also help you identify what your child enjoys about school, learn their academic strengths, as well as if your child is struggling with anything or failing their course. ,” said Gambrell. “Use this time to reiterate the importance of education and how proud your child is. When parents are involved in their children’s schooling it makes a world of difference. During this time, make sure to remind your children to communicate their needs. This is a practice that children learn early. It will help them throughout their academic journey.”
Here are some resolutions that will help your elementary, middle and high school students this year:
Get wet together: If you have small children, read with them. Read books about starting the school year right. Books with characters your children can relate to will help boost their confidence in the coming year. This provides an opportunity to discuss how your child feels about returning to school in 2023.
“It’s always nice to see how your kids are feeling and what they’re thinking,” Gambrell said. Make sure to show them that their feelings and thoughts are your concern too. Children should always be reminded how much their parents care about them. Reading together is a great way to start important and meaningful conversations. “
Creating an Environment for Learning: A dedicated learning environment at home is critical to a child’s success. Does your child have a desk at home? Do you have a dedicated place for homework? Have a dedicated place where your children can sit and learn at home away from distractions.
Stick to Good Bedtime (and Other Routines): Routines are paramount to academic success. Setting a time and place for homework surrounded by all the necessary supplies is critical to success. Getting proper sleep is instrumental in encouraging academic success.
“As we all know, getting enough sleep helps your child feel their best as it prepares them for a full day of learning,” Gambrell said. “Also, getting to school on time can make a difference in a student’s success. Stay on schedule. The earlier children learn the importance of time management the better.
Setting Goals: Talk to your kids about what they want out of the school year, and what you want. Be a positive force in your child’s life. Attest to their achievements. You can also reward your children for doing well, getting better grades or just improving in general.
Ushindi Lewis, program coordinator of the New Jersey Youth Corps in Middlesex County New Brunswick Public Schools, emphasized the importance of the role of parents in their child’s education.
“A parent can help change a student’s mindset about learning by encouraging the student to think of learning as a passion,” Lewis said.
Check Your Child’s Assignments: No matter what grade your child is in, parents should make the decision to actively check workbooks and online assignment/grading sites, explains Ryan Michele Woods, a Staten Island Academy teacher. with 18 years of experience in the NYC Department of Education.
“Kids will always tell you they’re on top of things, but in reality they have trouble organizing themselves and are overwhelmed,” Woods says. “Even if they say they can do it themselves, they may not, and often don’t. To be successful, parents must share their accountability. It also prevents surprises at grading time. “
Woods added that this is especially important for upper elementary and middle school students.