Getting a New Start in the New Year

Getting back into the swing of things can be very challenging for children after Christmas vacation. We understand the anxiety that faces our students as they return to their studies. As parents and educators, our goal is to help them transition smoothly and successfully while continuing to develop better study habits, enhancing their skills, and cultivating their Catholic faith. Here are some ways you can help your child get a fresh start in the new year.

New Start on Study Habits

Children love routines, but that doesn’t mean the routine can’t be refreshed. To help your child get into the right mindset, consider updating your child’s study and homework area. It doesn’t have to be anything major – it could be as simple as a new set of pencils and crayons, post-it notes or colored file folders! Consider switching up the rules about when homework needs to be done and when your child can enjoy an afterschool snack so they can stay fueled and focused. 

This may involve changing up your own habits, too. Regardless of how busy life becomes, if your child asks for help after attempting a task, guide them through how to solve the problem. You may be tempted to just give them the answer to save time and frustration, but that doesn’t help them learn to independently problem-solve. 

If the first semester was difficult for your child, talk to them to find out why. Many young students need to be encouraged to read, which can create challenges as they advance in grades. Others may not understand number sense without a little extra help. Help where you can, and if needed, find your child a tutor who specializes in the subject where they’re falling behind. 

New Focus on Faith

At St. Charles Borromeo, faith is interwoven into daily classroom activities and curriculum. Developing your child’s faith is central to our mission, and having your parental support at home is essential. In the New Year, remember the promise made at your child’s Baptism. Commitment to helping your child grow and deepen their faith is a life-long responsibility. 

Pray as a family. Start your day at the breakfast table in prayer, say prayers in the car on the way to school or pray at the dinner table before you eat. Attend Mass as a family. Get everyone involved in a family service project for the betterment of others. Be an example of Christ-like behavior for your children. Read bedtime stories together, and pray together every night. Tie this into what the next day at school will bring to help them prepare for their studies.

St. Charles Borromeo, an Orlando Catholic school located in the Diocese of Orlando, is more than just a place to learn; it’s a community. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching the whole child and want students to love learning, helping them grow into well-rounded, contributing members of society. Learn more about us by contacting us here.