Updated: Aug 22, 2019
It's hard to believe that we are just a week away from the start of the new school year. After a long summer break, it takes a while for children and parents to get back into an efficient routine. Be ready to start on a positive and productive note by following these ideas:
Here are some things to think about before sending your student back to school:
Set clear goals and expectations for the new school year.
Pick your battles, you’ll save time and stress.
Children usually respond well to routines. Team up and create a homework routine that makes sense to both of you.
Make decisions together with your child. Let them pick their outfit from two pre-approved options; whenever possible, do the same with snacks, and other potential conflict-causing decisions.
Start implementing a good bedtime routine a few days before the start of the school year.
Decide on practical and healthy breakfast and lunch options; choose a convenient meal prep day to avoid early morning panic.
Clean up your children’s closet. Donate what they won’t be wearing anymore or recycle what’s no longer in wearable condition.
Write down in your planner or digital calendar all the upcoming orientation days, school visits, meet and greets, early dismissal days, and any other important date. Set a reminder for the day before and another for one hour before the time of the event.
Open a digital folder to keep all documents and emails related to each of your children’s school activities. Label the folders, keep them up-to-date, and check them daily!
Set up a quiet space for studying and homework; make sure it’s stocked with all the supplies they’ll need to be productive.
Finish your homework faster by working smarter and not harder! Follow these simple ideas:
Keep a school agenda where you write down deadlines, assignments, and all other relevant information to help you stay on top of the game. Keep your agenda up-to-date and check it daily!
Do your homework at your most productive time of the day. Do you need to have a snack and take a 30-minute nap before tackling your homework? Or you rather be done with it as soon as possible? Commit to working on your homework once your break is over.
Gather everything you’ll need before you start working on your homework.
Know exactly what the homework is about and what you need to do before starting in order to minimize interruptions.
Your backpack should be ready the night before to avoid delays in the morning. Make sure to replace school supplies as needed.