Summer is almost over, and soon it’ll be time for the kids to go back to school. As a parent, you need to play an active role in helping your children gear up for the new school year. Here are some tips for making sure that the kids are ready and rearing to go when classes start up once more!
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
You may have become lax about bedtime over the summer. It’s now time to re-establish a more stringent sleep schedule. Even though school hasn’t started yet, getting your kids back into regular sleeping habits will make sure that they can dive right in when school starts. We all know how important a good night’s rest is to learning and brain function, and this is the first step in getting the kids ready.
Establish a Routine
Summertime is chaotic for kids—they’re out and about, playing with friends, having fun and not worrying about what comes next. There’s nothing wrong with this; after all, play is a child’s job. Still, as school time grows near, the re-establishment of a daily routine can get your child ready to face the more rigidly defined schedule they’ll have in just a few weeks.
The Study Area
Create an area in your home that is a designated study and learning area. Once this is established, make it a place your kid likes to go. Keep it well lit and quiet. Have school supplies like pencils, notebooks, and reading materials readily available. Create a comfortable reading nook for your child to settle in with some of their favorite books or an eBook on their tablet, computer or mobile device. Encourage them to spend time there every day.
Talk to Them
As you make decisions about the school year, talk with your kids so they feel involved. If they can help build that study area and have an input into their routine, they will feel far more involved and will be more eager to follow the routine and spend time studying and reading. This will also make them feel accomplished and give them a sense of ownership over their own progress and learning.
Discuss the things that are exciting about school and learning with your child. Find their talents and interests, and encourage them to pursue them. Correction is necessary in the life of a child, but it should always be balanced with positivity and encouragement. This builds self-confidence and an eagerness to explore new things.
Read a Book!
Continue your reading activities with your kids. If you’ve let it slip in the summer, now is the time to build that connection again. Read with your child. If they’re of the age to read on their own, sit with them and read your book while they read theirs. Discuss the books they’re reading, what they like, what messages they take away and why they like the book. This will build an eager and inquiring intellect which will make them more successful in life.
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