After almost three months of summer break, kids may find it difficult to go back to their academic routine. To help get your child in the right frame of mind, start talking now about how they can be ready to begin this new chapter in their life. Also, check out our 5 tips below to help you and your child prepare for the new school year.
- Start adjusting your child’s eating and sleeping schedule. Ease your child back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a scheduled bedtime to ensure they get enough sleep. If meal times or other regular routines have changed over the summer vacation, reset those as well. For example, if you know when your child’s lunch period is have them start eating lunch at that time again.
- Organize your child’s workspace and school supplies. Work with your child to create a space in your home where they can keep their school materials organized and readily available. Establish when and where homework will be done daily.
- Create a family calendar. Keep you and your child on track by creating a calendar to put on your fridge or in their room. Take some time to sit down together and write in all of their after school activities, various holidays, tests dates, etc.
- Shop for school supplies and clothes early. Go through your child’s wardrobe and get rid of clothes they have outgrown over the summer. Reducing clutter will make getting ready in the morning a lot easier for your child. If possible, try to buy school supplies early. If you’re not sure what the teachers require try to buy the basic necessities that kids will need like pencils, computer paper, etc.
- Plan healthy and nutritious meals. Try to plan and gather ingredients you need for meals during the school week on the weekends. Get your kids involved with the preparation when possible. They can help you shop, cook, or even set the table.
Just breathe. You’re not alone. Many parents and guardians across the country are going through this process right now. The good news is that a little bit of preparation can make those first weeks of school easier for both you and your child. Good luck and have a great school year! Is there anything else you do with your child to prepare for the school year that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below!