Fall means that it is time to head back to school. This is a busy time for most families, and for military families it can be especially chaotic. If you are also dealing with a deployment or training schedule, back to school can mean a little extra craziness.
We’ve gathered a few tips to help prepare you and your family for the year ahead.
Educate the Educators
Many teachers don’t know much about military families, especially if you don’t live in a military town. If military life is affecting your child in a way you think might carry over into the classroom, offer teachers insight into our lifestyle.
Teachers need to know about any family situations that may affect students academically, emotionally, or behaviorally. Let the teacher know (in advance, if possible) about things like deployments and homecomings, as well as behavioral patterns you may have noticed in the past that they should look for.
If your child is transitioning between schools and curriculum or just needs a little extra boost, tutoring can be a great option. If you would like a helping hand with studies, there is a Calgary MFRC tutoring subsidy that might be helpful. Check out page 13 of this newsletter to learn more.
Research has shown that extracurricular activities not only improve performance in school subjects but contribute to long-term success. Music, sports, and arts help children learn problem-solving, creative thinking, and teamwork. For military children, these programs can also be great places to find friends and ease the transition into a new school.
Don’t forget that the Calgary MFRC offers family and youth activities throughout the year. Your child can have fun and benefit from our Strengthening Families and Youth in Motion programs.