They’re Heading Back to School, Are You Ready?
Many Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan students are returning to school this week. Sure you did the supply shopping, bought new school uniforms, signed the permission slips for extracurricular activities, but what about after the whirlwind of that first day back? The bus just pulled away and the house has fallen quiet again, at least until 3 o’ clock. So now what?
It’s easy to get sucked into bad habits and after a long summer switching gears can be difficult for you and your little one. Keep yourself organized and schedules in check with a few handy Danberry Back To School Tips!
- Set a Bed Time and Wake Up Time, and stick to it!
Children thrive when put on a routine. They can exercise independence when they have consistency in their day. If teeth brushing is always at 7:30 PM right before a bedtime TV show or book you may find they’re in the bathroom brushing away without reminder. In the mornings don’t touch that snooze button! If you and your child adjust to a morning routine as well daily stress will be reduced. Staying on a schedule gives you more free time to do what you want once responsibilities are handled.
- Cut Down on Those ‘First Time’ Jitters
Familiarize your child with the school grounds. A new grade can be intimidating but a whole new school can be even more stressful. If your child is entering into a new building walk them inside. Help them locate the main areas, the gym, cafeteria, nurses office, principals office, and bathrooms. Even if they are not going to a new building be sure they know the exterior grounds as well. Show them the best route if walking, the nearest emergency facility, recess areas, and so on. Any way you can reduce their worries about the little things the more they can focus on their learning.
Check in to be certain they are bringing the needed work home. Being there to help with homework shows you are invested in their schooling and that they are being held responsible for their work.
Get involved in school events and activities can be a critical aspect of showing support and enthusiasm for your child’s learning experience. Participating in school activities is also a valuable way of connecting to the school community. You can learn a lot about the school just by talking to fellow parents.
Reading is always a wonderful way to connect with your child while adding a bit of education into the mix. You are spending time with them while keeping up with their school curriculum, a win-win!
And the most important tip of all enjoy this time with your kids, they are only this young for so long. Whether they are starting this year in Kindergarten or as a Senior in High School they are only that age once. Enjoy your time with family and everyone have a safe and happy school year!