Back to School Part I: Tips for Back to School Success

By Silver Dolphin Books on September 21, 2011
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September is here again!  The long days of summer have come and gone.  It is time to get back into routines and for the kids to go back to school.  How can you make getting back to school a comfortable rhythm?  Here are some tips that can help your kids get off to a great start:

Prepare the night before- As simple as this sounds, having the clothes, shoes, and socks laid out for the next day, the backpack packed, and the lunch made can keep the hustle and bustle of the morning much more smooth.  When the alarm does not go off or the kids are running late, it leaves one less thing to do.  Grab your things and go!

Make a list of the things that need to be done before leaving the house in the morning and post it where you can see it-
Brush teeth
Brush/comb hair
Make bed
Gather up lunch/lunch money, backpack, and any other items for the day
Etc.

Take a picture of common items that will go in the backpack on a daily basis- This will make it easier to get young children involved in the process, even if they are preschoolers.  Even if they cannot yet read, they can use the photo as a visual cue of what they need to prepare for the day.

Start the day off right.  Eat a good breakfast- Nearly everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The truth is, eating breakfast helps brain function.  Eating breakfast feeds your brain and can greatly improve school performance.

Make time to get to know your child’s teacher early in the year- Communication with your child’s teacher is one of the most important things you can do to help your child succeed in school.  Make sure you understand the teacher’s expectations and their classroom policies.  Discuss these with your child.  This will help your child understand that they have support at school and at home.

Set a time to read with your child for at least 15 minutes a day and schedule a consistent time to do homework- Experts agree that getting homework done at the same time every day can help establish good habits for your child.  Try to set homework time early in the afternoon.  It is better to get it done sooner rather than later.

Take the time to review what your child is working on- Whenever possible, talk to your child about what they are doing in class.  Try to calendar any major projects.  Show your child how to  create a plan of action to complete major projects and break them into smaller parts. Teach them how to study for tests and avoid waiting until the night before to review.  Teaching your child these skills will carry on with them throughout their lives.

What tips do you have for your child’s success?  We would love to hear your tips!

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