Starting a new school year is a big adjustment for any child, but it can be especially difficult for foster children who may have experienced multiple moves and changes in their lives. As a foster parent, you can help your children feel more prepared and excited for the new school year by taking some simple steps to support them. Here are some tips to help your foster children prepare for the new school year.
Encourage Them to Set Goals
Talk with your foster children about what they want to accomplish in the new school year, whether it’s getting good grades, making new friends, or participating in extracurricular activities. Help them to set realistic goals and create a plan for how they can achieve them. This will give them something to focus on and work towards as they start the new school year.
Talk About Any Concerns They May Have
Starting a new school can be scary for some children, especially if they’re worried about fitting in or dealing with bullies. Talk to your foster children about any concerns they may have and reassure them that you’re there to support them. If they’re worried about a specific issue, such as bullying, you can also help them devise a plan for how to deal with it.
Help Them Get Organized
Getting organized can make starting a new school year much less overwhelming. Help your foster children choose appropriate school supplies and clothes, and ensure they have everything they need before the first day of school. You can also help them to create a daily or weekly routine that includes time for homework and other activities.
Stay Involved in Their School Life
One of the best ways to support your foster children as they start a new school year is to stay involved in their school life. Attend school events, meet their teachers, and help them with their homework. This will show them that you’re interested in their education and want to help them succeed.
As a foster parent, you can help your children feel more prepared and excited for the new school year by taking these simple steps to support them. TFI Family Services supports you and your foster children as they start the new school year. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your foster children prepare for the new school year.