Getting ready for school after summer break?
Whether your summer was jam-packed with activities or with complaints about being bored with nothing to do, kids often have a tough time making the back-to-school transition.
These 5 easy tips will hopefully make it easier for your kiddos to get back into school-mode:
- Emphasize the positive things: Tell your kids the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging with friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies or even getting involved in sports and new activities.
- Sleep: Summer, with its lack of a routine, can mess up kids’ schedules so establish a reasonable bedtime so they’ll be well-rested and ready in the morning.
- Eat a good breakfast: Studies show that students tend to be more alert and do better in school if they eat a good breakfast every day. From personal experience, if I didn’t eat a good breakfast in the morning, I used to feel sluggish and could not concentrate that well in class.
- Organization is your best friend: Have your kids organize and set out what they need the night before (uniform, homework, books, water bottle, hat, etc.) to save time in the morning. This will make early morning less stressful for you and your children. Plus it gets them into the habit of being responsible for their own things.
- Use a wall calendar or personal planner: Record dates for assignment submissions, teacher conferences, tests, or even extracurricular activities. It’s always helpful to have a visual reminder to stay on top of the busy school year.
Also remember, it’s completely normal for your kids to be anxious about going back to school. We have all been through the process as well—so be there to guide and support them.