It’s hard to believe it is time to go back to school! So, how do we make the switch from summer to school? Here are some tips to help you make the switch:
Restart Routines: All children need time to adjust so plan ahead. A week before school starts, make bedtime earlier and start serving meals at the same time you will during the school year.
Set Ground Rules: Determine when and where your child will do his/her homework; what chores your child will be doing, when he/she can watch TV or play on the computer and how late your child may stay up at night. Be sure to discuss this with your child so that everybody has a clear understanding on the expectations.
Don’t stress over dressing: Review the dress code with your child and help him/her to pick out several outfits that your child is happy with and meets the requirements.
Develop a Plan for the New School Year: Discuss with your child what goals she/he might want to reach this school year and make a list of them. These can be as simple as, making two new friends this year, improving a skill or two such as reading or writing or participating in the spelling bee!
Set up a Homework Area: Create a quiet, well- lit and most importantly fun area for study without distractions and provide the necessary supplies your child needs, such as paper, pencil, and dictionary.
Stay Informed: Talk with your child’s teacher and keep the communication all year long. Make sure you know what your child is learning in school, provide guidance for homework assignments if needed and be involved in school activities as much as you can.
Plan Healthy Lunches: As you prepare to send your child back to school, remember that nutrition is an important factor in academic success. Research shows that children who eat healthy and balanced meals are more alert and perform better than those who have an unhealthy diet.
Check-Ups and Immunizations: Most schools require your child’s immunization shots are up to date. Contact your child’s school to find out what might be required, ask for the forms and have your healthcare provider to fill out and sign.
Keep a sense of humor: Show your kids a picture of yourself when you were in elementary, middle and/or high school. This usually makes kids laugh and it’s a good way to remind them that school is fun!
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