For us school is starting in just two weeks, for others school has already begun. There are some things I like to do to prepare my children to go back to school. Below is a list of my top 7 ways to prepare my children for school:
Back on a Bedtime Routine
My children have been on “summer” hours for the past two months. They have been going to bed later and sleeping in later. I like to start instituting a normal bedtime routine, the same routine that will be followed for school days, at least a week or two before school starts up again.
Get back into Learning Mode
All summer long my children have been out of learning mode. I like to start massaging their brains a little bit by going through workbooks and starting a review of things they have already learned.
Reading is an important part of our daily routine. Even the 4 year olds who cannot read will sit and look at their books. They are great and making up the works by looking at the pictures or may even have the words memorized if it is a book we have read to them often enough.
Building New Relationships
Some children are shyer and more reserved than others, which may make them have a harder time making friends. Talking to your child about this and discussing coping mechanisms with them will help them get through this period of time.
Create a Study Area
Have a designated area in your home where you child can work on homework. Preferably this is a place where they can concentrate, and be close to you so you can monitor them and be available for questions. For us, we use the kitchen table. It is centrally located and large enough so they can spread out their homework.
Practice the Morning Routine
A couple of days before school begins, start waking your child up at the time he/she will need to wake up for school and then do a run through on breakfast and getting dressed. This will allow them to get a feel for how much time the have or do not have in the morning.
Start getting all your school supplies weeks before school will begin. Not waiting until the last minute will allow you to look for good deals, and since you are preparing weeks ahead of time – you are less likely to be stressed. For school supplies, you may want to check out the AT&T Back to School Sweepstakes. Each week AT&T is giving away a “must-have” back-to-school device to five winners, now through September 16th. This week is a Samsung Galaxy Note. Enter here to be one of the lucky 5!