Heading back to school involves more than just buying new pencils and shoes. This August, get your whole family prepared for the demands of the new school year.
– Reading throughout the summer keeps children’s minds sharp even when they’re not in school. Make a weekly trip to the library to get your kids excited about reading. Check out this article from Parenting for the best books to read with your kids.
– Get into a school routine at least two weeks before the first day back. Follow these tips for readjusting your child’s sleep schedule before school begins. Help your kids establish a homework routine during the summer by setting aside time each afternoon for reading, working on an activity book, or any other brain-sharpening activity.
– Organize your family calendar so the whole family knows what to expect when the school year starts (afterschool activities, bus schedules, family plans, etc.).
– Create a positive attitude about the new school year by talking to your kids about meeting their new teacher, seeing all their friends, their favorite subject and new afterschool activities.
– Help your kids set personal goals for the new school year, from turning all their homework in on time to speaking up more in class.
– Clear out last year’s clutter from your child’s desk and backpack. Sanitize your child’s lunchbox.
– Stock up on your favorite Dream Dinners to make family meals easier as everyone’s schedules get busier.