At St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, we know how hard it is to keep motivation going through the middle weeks of the semester. As parents, you may be wondering what you can do to help your child stay motivated to finish the semester strong. Our amazing team at St. Cecelia has some steps you can take to help your student continue to stay motivated.
Talk to Your Student
Open communication between you and your child is important for school and for life in general. The middle of the semester is a tough time for any student. Creating a time and space where they can discuss how they feel about school and their struggles or celebrations is crucial. An open space for communication encourages them to reflect and grow. While they may not share absolutely everything, you will have a better understanding of how they are doing and where their motivation level is for the rest of the semester.
Meet with Teachers to Stay Up-to-Date
Even when you create an environment for open communication, your student isn’t going to tell you everything about what they learned in school every day. After sitting in class for hours on end, when they get to spend time at home they might not be enthusiastic to discuss the school day. Plan a meeting at St. Cecelia with your child’s teacher so you can get a professional perspective of where your child is and how their work has progressed through the semester. Ask them for any feedback on areas where you can help your child excel academically, and ask how you can help the classroom as a whole.
Create Countdowns and Incentives
Often, the middle of the semester can feel never-ending. The newness of the school year has worn off and the end doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight. You can help keep that motivation going by setting up a countdown to the end of the semester, so they can see just how long they have left. A countdown paired with incentives for good grades can help give your St. Cecelia student the motivation they need to keep up their work for the rest of the semester.
Encourage Them Daily — But Allow for Bad Days
Even if you aren’t able to do everything on this list, there is one thing that you can do to help your children stay motivated in the middle of the semester — encourage them. You are your child’s biggest cheerleader and giving them daily reminders that you are there for them can do wonders for motivation.
Encouragement, even on bad days, is vital to success. Everyone has bad days, and everyone struggles every once in a while. Acknowledge the struggle and give them time to process what exactly brought the struggle on. Then you can work together to overcome that struggle and continue on with the school year on a better foot.
The School Year at St. Cecelia
If you are looking for more ways you can help keep your student motivated, set up an appointment at St. Cecelia with your child’s teacher! Our staff would love to help you set your child up for the best chance at success. Contact the office at 727-461-1200 for more information.
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade.