There is a lot to do before your children start their new school year. Getting kids back into their normal school routine is a bit tricky. These four tips will help you get your kids ready for their first day back to school.
Start Bedtime Routines Earlier
Your children have likely been on their own schedules for the last couple of months, but it is time to get back to the regular routine. One month before the first day of school, start the sleeping routine. Kids should have a set bedtime and a set waking time. Buy them the most annoying sounding alarm clock that you can find at Walmart or Target, and make sure it does not have a snooze feature.
Place the alarm clock on the opposite side of the room so that kids have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
Discuss a Daily School Routine
It is a good idea to go over the course list with a map of the school available several weeks before classes start. Your child may be a bit apprehensive about a new schedule. As your child moves up in grade levels, the locations of classrooms change. It is important to map out routes from one class to another with your children so they are less nervous about the first day.
Schedule a time to walk through the school so that your child can see where his/her classes are and how long it takes to get to each class from the other. It is important to time locker stops between classes so your child won’t be late.
Afternoon Homework Tasks
Something many parents don’t think about is getting your kids back into the habit of doing their homework immediately after school. What you can do is obtain a couple of grade-appropriate workbooks, from Barnes and Noble or Staples, and give your child a lesson or two to complete each day as practice. Start this process about a month before school starts. It will help get them into the habit of completing their studies before having some downtime.
Talk to your Kids
Talk to your children about how they feel about going back to school. Ask your kids if there are any other children that give them problems or bully them. It is important to know what your child’s concerns are so that you can help prepare them to the best of your ability. Kids may not say so, but they are nervous about going back to school.
The more time parents take to help prepare their children for the new school year, the more comfortable children will be with going back to school. If there is a severe reaction to going back to school, get to the root of the issue, and help your child come up with solutions to remedy potential situations. Make sure your kids are picking out their own clothes, even if they are young because their individual style is important for them to express. It will help make them more comfortable with going back to school.