The beginning of the school year is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning on homeschooling, virtual schooling, or in-person attendance, these 5 school tips can help you slide into the new school year without too many bumps and bruises.
1. Start Your Bedtime and Waking Schedule Early
Making sure your kids are getting enough sleep and easing into their upcoming schedule before the first day of school is key. I know, this is the pits because you want to live out as much of those precious summer nights as you can, but everyone’s first week of school will be easier if they aren’t adjusting to a new sleep schedule at the same time.
This is particularly important with young children, but teens need a good night’s sleep too. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9-12 hours of sleep for children 6-12 years of age and 8-10 hours a night for 13-18 year olds. Figure out when you need them to up to get ready for school and work backwards to determine the best bedtime for your child.
2. Prepare an Information Hub
This is anywhere in your home that you put all the information you’re going to need with when school begins. This could be anything from a school lunch calendar, a bell or carpool schedule, or important dates.
Some people use the refrigerator or a cork or magnetic board so everyone can have access to it. Not only does it help everyone stay informed but can also help you not miss a pick-up time or parent-teacher conference.
3. Make a Family Calendar
If you and your kids are tech savvy, you can do this digitally, but I find that I need something tangible and the digital reminders to get my schedule organized. You can go as simple as printing one off from the computer, buying a simple one at the store, or you can check out Etsy and Amazon for something fun and fancy. Start adding in the things you know you’ve got scheduled now and keep it updated.
With school, fall parties, sport practices being organized can help it seem a lot less stressful. Plus, for some children with anxiety, having an agenda laid out at the start of every day can calm them and give much needed structure.
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4. Food for Thought
Children cannot learn and perform their best if they are hungry. Having breakfast is very important for those little growing bodies. This is hard to fit in during those crazy mornings and teens are particularly prone to skipping breakfast, but it is essential for them to start their day with something filling and nourishing.
Pinterest, YouTube, and even TikTok have countless ideas for making quick but nourishing breakfasts for school bound families. Meals like overnight oats, premade breakfast burritos, fruit smoothies, and yogurt with granola are a few ideas.
5. Homework and Reading Stations
The homework station can be a desk, a couch with a lap desk, or just the kitchen table. What really matters is that there is everything they need to get their work done.
If you can’t outfit a desk with these items and need the homework station to be mobile, using a cleaning caddy, which you can often find at the dollar store to transport all the supplies can be a helpful tool.
Stash your homework station with extra pencils and erasers, a calculator, colored pencils and crayons, scissors, and glue. With all of their necessary tools close by, children and teens are more likely to stay focused and finish their work.
A reading station requires a little extra thought. Most teachers require a certain amount of reading each day, so this area needs to be quiet and comfortable. Even a pile of pillows and favorite books in a corner of a room away from distractions can classify as a reading station. Depending on how much time they need to read, having a small timer in their reading station helps them know whether they are reading as long as they need to.
You’ve Got This
Remember, your attitude greatly affects your child’s, so if you are preparing and feeling excited for school, they are more likely to follow suit. Happy learning and have a great school year!