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Fostering Independence

Dear Highland Ranch Parents,
As we prepare to start the school year, we will also focus on the transition from home to school.  The best part of teaching is watching each child grow academically, physically, socially and emotionally. We as parents and teachers, nurture, protect, and guide them throughout the year. We have many ways to encourage them to become more independent. Listed below are a few things that we are asking the students to work on these skills. We would really appreciate your support by encouraging them to do these things as well.

Independent pick up and drop off

Students should feel comfortable going to the classroom by themselves each morning and leaving the classroom to meet you in front of the school.

What you can do to help:

Students will enter school at the green gates and go directly to class.  The teacher will be at the door to greet them, and parents are not allowed to walk children to class.  Make sure you have given your goodbye kisses and hugs with a smile!

Packing and Unpacking backpacks

The students should pack up and unpack their backpack by themselves each day. This includes getting library books, homework, take home folders, reading books, and snacks.

What you can do to help:

Although it might be easier for you to unpack and pack up for your child each day, please encourage them to try and do it by themselves first. Verbal reminders are helpful instead of doing it for them. This will help teach responsibility, organizational skills and problem solving strategies.


Homework should be somewhat independent. The goal for primary grade homework is to read each night, review concepts taught in class and practice the discipline of doing homework.  For students in grade two through five, there will be tests to study for and projects to work on.

What you can do to help:

Help them get started with their homework but then leave them to do the majority of it on their own. When they are finished, spend the time reviewing the work together and answering questions they may have.  Be sure to have a designated time and location for homework to be completed.