Routines are a necessary evil for all children going to school. Summer months usually are more lenient when it comes to daily rituals. They sleep later, have more TV time, play outdoors for hours and stay up past their normal bed times. Now with a few weeks left before the school buses hit the street we need to set that school routine back in action.
If your child had a reading assignment over the summer, now is the time to make sure it was done. If not, there is plenty of time to fit it in before the opening day of classes. Have them read one to two chapters a day depending on their length. Then make them write a short summary about each chapter. One page per chapter and have them file it in the notebook they will be bringing to school. When the teacher asks who read the book they certainly can raise their hands. But, if he/she says there will be a quiz/test on it in two days your child will be ready. While other kids are struggling to read the entire book in two days you’re child can sit back and re-read their notes. You know they read the book and can focus on all the main characters and events instead of re-reading the whole book. This is an excellent tool to utilize throughout the year when reading assignments and book reports are required.
Two week prior to school, revise the bedtime schedule. Have your child go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier and wake up 10-15 earlier. By the time the first day of school rolls around your child will be back on the time clock that revolves around school hours.
Take a shopping day with your child. Get all the necessary school supplies, uniforms, new socks, gym shorts, shoes and sneakers for the new term. Remember to check the schools websites for their classes specific supply list. Take them out to lunch for something they like as a reward for dragging them out shopping with the ‘rents. School shopping is boring and with a treat promised afterwards they won’t be so reluctant and glum about hanging out with you and shopping for notebooks, pens and uniforms. Also, let them pick out the crazy designs on pencils, notebook covers, binders and folders. They have to use them and this gives them a sense of individuality as well as a purpose for being there besides trying on shirts, skirts and pants.
Don’t forget to stop and pick up a new back pack or book bag. Most of the ones sold these days do not last very long. Between the heavy text books and different sized note books shoved in and pulled out constantly they to tend to rip and tear. Gather all the school supplies with the new back pack and have your child set up all their new supplies inside. It will give them time to find the right place for everything and occupy them for a little while as well. Have them keep the bag near their bedroom door so it is the last thing they have to grab before leaving their rooms.
Allow your children to set their clothes out in the evenings a week before school starts. This is a new routine for them. Now there will be no more mornings of kids yelling where are my…? With this activity in place in the evenings everything is set out and if something is missing there is plenty of time to find it before bedtime. No more super rushed mornings and almost missing the school bus either.
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