by Ann Mitchell from www.castlerockonlinereadingtutor.com
Going back to school can be a stressful time for everyone. I hope these 25 helpful tips for going back to school will help ease some of your stress.
MORNING ROUTINE: When it comes to getting ready for school the morning seems to be the worst time. Everyone needs to be at either work or school or even daycare all at the same time it seems
Breakfast – to have a successful day breakfast should be included. A bowl of their favorite cereal with fruit or a glass of juice.
Schedule – look at the schedule/calendar to see if there is anything important to do for the day. Make a note of it so you don’t forget.
Brush teeth, hair and get everything to go.
AFTER SCHOOL TIME:
Boy, do I remember this time?
Kids would come in the door and throw their backpacks and jackets where ever they pleased. Most of the time it was on the floor right in front of the door. UGH!
Homework time: This is the time you as a knowledgeable parent should be going through the backpack. Don’t just ask them, “DO you have any homework tonight?” I remember I used to do that then I realized I would get the same answer, “Nope!” every day. So go through that backpack, get the lunchbox out and see if there are any notes from the teacher.
Planner: many schools require children to have a planner nowadays. If they don’t it is a good idea for a child to have one. This will help as they grow up and go onto middle school and high school. If required make sure you look at it and initial it. A good way for you to remember that you have looked at it.
Last step: after the homework is done and the backpack has been sorted out the last step is to put everything back in so that it is ready to go for in the morning. Set it by the front door.
Snack time: just as our day was busy the kids were busy at school. They probably are starving. So a quick snack of fruit or granola will probably tie them over until dinner.
EVENING ROUTINE: This time of the day can be as busy as you make it or quiet as it can be. Each family is different. There may be sports, piano lessons, tutoring or chores. After dinner is over and the dishes are clean. Let’s get ready for some quality family time.
Prep for the morning: backpacks by the door, shoes and coats lined up. Pick out the clothes to wear and see them out. Bath or shower completed and ready for bed.
Family time: for as long as I can remember school nights have been busy. It is important to make some family time. Before you know it the time will not be there. Believe me!
25 HELPFUL TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
Get a routine
Reuse last years supplies to save a little money.
Get a planner
Set up a communication centre, for all activities
Establish family time
Take a short break either before or after homework time
Arrange playdates if appropriate
Visit the school with your child to get familiar with the environment
Meet the teacher
Make a homework area and keep organized
Arrange for a tutor if needed
Set a timer for homework and tv time
Regular weekday schedules, bedtimes, tv times
Model good behavior when stressed
Create time for sports
Create a morning checklist
Check and sign the planner
Ask for help if needed
Make lunch for the morning
Create a meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Talk to your child about setting a goal ( number of books, staying organized)
Schedule a treat day
Meet their friends
Have a great school year