Helpful Tips for a Successful School Year

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Helpful Tips for a Successful School Year

 

  1. Make sure to provide a transition period of about two weeks to help kids prepare for their new school schedule and routine
    1. Going to bed earlier
    2. Having a period of down time during the day
    3. Having some reading time before school begins so that they are not overwhelmed when they have to start reading more regularly for school
  2. Make a schedule at the beginning of the school year. Include time for homework, free time, and any scheduled activities in which your child participates in regularly
  3. Plan out lunches the night before or at the beginning of the week, if that works better for you. With your child knowing what their lunches will be, will help cut down on any added chaos in the morning
    1. Include your child in his/her lunch planning.
    2. Provide only a couple of choices at a time to avoid having this routine take a long time. (Would you like peanut butter and jelly or a turkey sandwich for Monday?)
  4. Similarly, with breakfast, only provide a couple of choices or plan this out the night before as well
  5. Have your child pick out their clothes the night before school
  6. Provide a routine for their homework time
    1. Completing their homework the same time every day
    2. Sitting at a desk or table
    3. Turn of any radios, televisions or cell phones that might provide a distraction
  7. Make sure that you are not overscheduling your child. During the summer, kids often have more activities to keep them busy. During the school year, it’s good to cut back on some of those activities to allow your child to have some down time.
  8. Make sure that their homework is in their backpack the night before, so as to avoid the chance of them forgetting it at home
  9. Get the names of 2-3 other families in their class so that if you have questions, you have a contact person ahead of time
  10. Provide a daily check in with your child
    1. How was school today? Can you tell me one thing that you did in school?
    2. What homework do you have? (This helps you have an idea of how much time they might need to get their work done?
    3. Is there anything that I can help you with? How can I be of help?

 

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