If your kids are like most kids, they likely have spent their summer nights staying up late to catch fireflies and roast marshmallows, only to sleep in late the next morning. Getting your kids back on track for the new school year can be quite a chore, but there are a few things that you can do to ease your kids into their school schedule.
The best way to ease your children into a new routine is to get them used to it in advance of the first day of school. About a week before the start of school, start getting them into bed at their normal school-night bedtime and get them up at the time they would normally wake to get to school on time. You can also do this in increments — each night put them to bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier than they have been going to bed in the summer to make the transition even easier.
Prepare Them for Homework
Homework will soon become daily routine for your kids so it’s a good idea to get them used to it. Start by setting a specific time for homework and then a week prior to the start of school, sit with them at this designated time and do some one-on-one reading or a few math problems from last year's math work book. You can also give them small assignments. For example, have them write a short essay about their favorite part of the summer. Or if they are younger, ask them to draw a photo of their favorite summer moment.
Let them Pick Out Their School Supplies
Most schools districts send out school supply lists prior to the first day of school. Bring your child shopping for select these items — it will help them to get more excited about the first day of school. Also, consider allowing them to check off the items and you get them.
First Day of School Outfit
Everyone loves a new outfit for the first day of school. Take your child on a special shopping trip to pick one out. You can also make a stop to get the annual back to school hair cut.
If you are looking for your children to be more independent this school year, you may also want to take some time on your shopping trip to talk to your child about picking out their own outfits each day for school. Then, you can start having them pick out their outfits each day a week prior to the first day of school.
Lunch Box Goodies
If you plan on packing a lunch for your child, you may want to take your kiddies shopping to select their favorite snacks, lunch meats, and drinks. You can also get them involved in making their own lunch.