3 Ways to Prepare Your Child to go Back to School

July 16, 2019

If you are like many other parents, on the last day of school you wondered how you could keep the kids occupied during the long days of summer. The summer break gave you an opportunity to slow down, not have to worry about ensuring everyone’s homework was done and not rushing to meet the school bus, summer meant just simply enjoying the day together. Whether you are more than ready for school to start or you’re not quite ready for the summer to end, it’s easy to be unprepared when it comes to getting the kids ready to go back to school. Here are a few ways to help you prepare for your child to go back to school.

Talk About Go Back to School

Be honest with yourself and the kids with the fact that summer is coming to an end. Clearly mark the first day of school on the family calendar and create a fun countdown. For example, let each member of your household choose one special activity to do each night for the last week before school starts. Remember that children take their cue from adults, so make sure to discuss school in a positive manner. For example, do not talk bad about the teachers they will have this year or how much homework they can expect this year. Encourage kids to talk about any worries or fears they may have about starting the new school year.

Establish a Routine

Summertime typically means staying up and sleeping in later than what is expected while school is in session. It’s best to start working on their “school” routine about 1-2 weeks before school starts. Start with small transitions, such as going to bed 15-minutes earlier each night until their desired bedtime is reached. Also, start setting the alarm earlier until you reach the desired wake-time. If the previous year’s morning routine was a little hectic, find ways to improve it. A great way to get kids motivated is with a checklist for each day. If you have children who can’t read yet, try using pictures or flip cards that will help them learn the words as well as motivate them to remember activities, such as brushing their teeth, putting bags by the door or zipping up their coat.

Discuss Homework Expectations

Establishing a homework routine and outlining your expectations before school begins may help kids be more organized. Discuss when and where homework will take place; will homework been done before or after school activities and make sure kids have all the necessary supplies to complete homework assignments. For example, along with school supplies that children will keep at school, make sure to have basic supplies on hand at home as well. Some supplies that you may need include scissors, crayons, pencils, paper, internet access, and a dictionary.

One of the best ways to get your child ready for going back to school is to power up their brain and get them ready to learn. Make this fun, but encourage activities such as writing, reading and going over numbers. Some fun tasks to get their brains motivated after the summer break could be picking out study guides to help them through tough subjects, younger kids can use flip cards to identify things inside and outside the house, let them choose a favorite book to write a mini-review about and create a scrapbook that includes things they did over summer break.

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