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Problems at School 

If you're having problems at school, here are some important tips on how to deal with them.

What is your problem with school? Work it out then talk about it with mom and dad, the teacher, school counsellor and the principal and they will help you.
If you’re not sure, keep a diary for a week, write down the good things and the bad things that happen at school each day, when you feel good and when you don't, then talk about your feelings with mum or dad.
If work is too hard or too easy, tell mom and your teacher. They can work out a program with you, get extra help if needed and practise with you until you are more confident, or give you more interesting things to do.
Get organized. If you are always behind with homework and never have the right books and equipment you will feel bad about yourself a lot of the time. Make yourself a homework chart. Do homework every night, [even if you haven't got any it's a good idea to read or research so that you get into the homework routine].  Ask mom or dad to check your work at the end of the time.  It's a good time to ask them questions, ask for some help, get school notes read and signed. It's not a good idea for them to do your homework with you, as you have to be able to do it for yourself at school. Try by yourself first, then ask for help, and then finish it yourself. It's a great feeling to hand stuff in on time and know that you did your best. Then you can give yourself a big star for being BOSS OF THE HOMEWORK. 
Be on time for school. Going into a class that has already started is embarrassing. You have to rush about, you don't know what is happening and no one has time for a friendly word.
Get organized the night before. Pack your bag (with homework done), check what books you need, put in sports clothes or equipment, school notes and your lunch. Get your clothes ready to dive into the next day and have a shower or wash at night if you are a 'snail' in the mornings.

More Tips

Arrange to go to school with a friend. Maybe mom could take you both sometimes and the friend's mom the other times. If you live near school you and your friend could walk together. You will have someone to talk to and a happy way to start your day.

Don’t give yourself a hard time. It's so easy to say to yourself, "I'm no good at this and "I can't do that." Think about all the things you can do and then say," I can't do that YET."

Know what mom is doing each day. If you worry about mom and find it hard to leave her maybe you could arrange to phone home at recess or lunch so that you can speak to her. (You may need permission from your teacher to use your mobile phone.) Maybe mom could come and help out at school, like in the library or helping in your class, until you feel better about leaving her at home.
worried or scared.

 


 

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If you are worried that something will go wrong when you aren't there, tell mom or dad or an aunt or uncle or another adult how you are feeling. You might be worried about something that is never going to happen and nobody makes you feel better because you haven't told anybody. Even if things are going wrong at your place talking about it will mean that people understand and can work out the best ways to help you to feel better and what you can do when you are worried or scared.
If someone is bullying you, remember that you don't have to put up with bullying, you have the right to feel safe. 
Make friends with other kids. You can have friends in other classes as well as your own. You might have a younger friend whom you can help in school time or in the playground.
Keep busy. Look around to see what clubs, activities and teams you might join. Practice some of the skills you will need before you join, then you'll feel more confident. Mom or dad may help you practice.
Missing out on school. Sometimes people are sick for a long time or are away from school on holiday (lucky ducks) - but some kids who are away for a long time don't feel so lucky. Believe it or not, they wish they could be at school and doing the same things as their friends.

If you are going to be away for a long time ask your teacher for some work to do while you are away. Perhaps she will also ask you to keep a diary or book of your trip or talk to the class about it when you come back. If you are sick for a long time you can exchange letters, e-mail and phone calls with your class or particular friends so that you still feel part of the school.

 

Do you have something on your mind?  Do you have a question that you've been wanting to ask?  Do you just have a story that you would like to share?  Let us know by sending us an email at kiidsrool@att.net


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Here's what kids are saying

Scott
"I didn't go to school because I had a disease and it was spreading. I had half of the year off. I had to stay in bed all day. I played video games and my friends came over to keep me company sometimes. I felt very lonely and I was glad when I got back to school."

Angela
"My dad has a job that keeps moving him around and we move too. It seems to get harder to go to a new school every year. Sometimes I wish that I could stay home, but I guess I've learned how to make friends and to fit in quickly every time we move."


Ali
"After dad left us I was scared to leave mom at home. I thought she might not be there when I got home and then there would be no-one to look after me."


Roberto
"I was angry when I had to go to school and my little sister could stay home with mom. Sometimes I would pretend to be sick."


 If you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mom or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.
    

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