5 Tips to Get Your Kids Ready for the School Year

Back2SchoolIt’s hard to believe that summer break is almost over and your family is once again preparing for another school year. Stress a little less with these great tips to get your kids ready for the new school year.

Schedules
Summer schedules often differ from school schedules. Kids are in the habit of staying up late at night and then sleeping in late the next day. Changing these habits immediately when school starts can be a shock to their system, adding additional stress and battles to your morning. In order to make the transition as easy as possible, start bedtime about 10 minutes earlier each night and wake them up 10 minutes earlier each morning until they are back on track.

Important Dates
Make sure to mark your calendar with all important dates, especially back to school nights. When you have more than one child in school and need to juggle obligations, this will give you the opportunity and time to prepare.

Activities
During the last couple weeks of summer, encourage your children to read or color instead of watching TV or playing video games. This will help them transition back into the learning process and school routine.

Homework
Best practice is to designate a place to study and do homework. Younger children should have a designated spot in a family area, such as a family room or kitchen. This enables you to monitor, encourage and help during difficult tasks. Older children should have the option to study in their room or another quiet area of the house.

Responsibility
From an early age, set certain expectations and responsibilities with your children. One way to do this is to set a specific spot in your home for their lunch boxes and backpacks. Have your children set aside any items that need your review in this designated spot, such as important notices or information sent home.

Have any other great back to school tips? Share them in the comments below!

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