The start of the school year is an exciting time for you and your child. However, it’s likely that getting back into the school routine has been a tad stressful for everyone in your family. That’s where school readiness can come into play.
A little preparation can go a long way. Making sure your house and family are prepared is the key to having a successful school year. Here are several ideas that will help you and your child embrace being back in school.
This will help your little ones mentally prepare for the day and let them know when they can expect to see you again. This is particularly important if you have a toddler who is just starting school or if your child’s school routine is different from last year.
While it’s particularly important to do this at the beginning of the school year, try to make it a habit. Little kids are much more open to sharing their feelings, so make sure you give them a chance to talk about how they are doing.
Encourage your child to share the things they look forward to at school as well as things that may make them nervous. Lastly, make sure that you let them know that if a problem does arise, you will be there to help.
Whether it’s their lunch, outfit, or backpack, preparing the night before will make a huge difference, while cutting down on the morning stress. Depending on their age, ask your children to help out. Giving your children choices, such as picking out what they are going to wear to school, will help them practice their decision-making skills and teach them independence.
If you’re stressing about preparing school lunches throughout the week, make sure you read this blog post. It has a lot of good tips and tricks on how to pack a healthy school lunch.
Your central hub at home can take on many different forms, but it’s important that you create a system that will help you keep track of where your child needs to be and when. One of the easiest ways to stay on top of everything is to create a central calendar that all your family members can refer to.
This is particularly helpful if you have kids of varying ages. One big calendar will help you keep track of their different school times, class assignments, and activities.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can easily make a calendar out of paper or use a whiteboard. It just needs to fit all your family member’s information. No matter what you choose, make sure your calendar is centrally located where everyone in your family can see it.
If you don’t have an organizational system in place, the likelihood that you’ll become overwhelmed with the multitude of papers and art projects that your little one brings home is almost guaranteed. Don’t worry though there is still time to take control. One of the easiest ways to keep your child’s school work organized is by putting it all into big binders. You can either make a binder for each year or keep everything all in one place. Whichever way you decide, make sure you label your binders clearly with a Sharpie, especially if you have multiple children. To get even more ideas, on how to save your children’s artwork, check out this former teacher and mom’s blog post.
Whether it’s a space for her to work on her homework, arts and crafts, or read, creating an inviting space at home for your kid to learn will make them more inclined to do so. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, however. It could simply be an area with a small rug and a bookcase, or a desk where they keep all their school supplies and backpack.
This place could also be a great area to display their artwork from the week. Instead of putting it on the fridge, string up either curtain wire, ribbon, or twine and hang your children’s artwork above them so they see it each time they are in their space.
While eating first thing in the morning may not be crucial for you, it’s still important that your kids start their day off with a nutritious breakfast. For children, eating first thing in the morning can have a positive effect on their overall performance in school. If you need to create more time to ensure this happens, try setting the table the night before so that there is one less thing you have to worry about in the morning.
We can’t stress this enough. Making sure your little one gets a full night of sleep will not only ensure your child has enough energy for the day ahead, but it will also cut down on their chances of getting sick.
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