It’s time to get back on track!
As summer vacation draws close to its inevitable conclusion, most parents are dreading the hassle of getting their children back on schedule for the new school year. This doesn’t have to be as difficult as it may seem though. With a couple of easy tricks, you can have them readily adapted to their new timetable in a snap!
They say sleep is the most important thing for anyone, but especially for children. Having a good night’s rest ensures that they are ready to head out and learn, instead of feeling droopy and tired all day long. While it may be okay to extend bedtimes well past what is “usual” during summertime, when gearing up for class, rest is key. The worst thing you could do is wait until the day before school starts and try to return them to their school bedtime routine. Their bodies can adjust to any set bedtime, but not all at once. Try starting a few weeks before they are due to return to school, and just move the time they are to go to bed back 30 minutes or so at a time. Have at least the full week before the first day at the regular bedtime and they will be all set to go back to the grind!
Back in the habit
Since your children are now going to sleep at the right time, what about getting up? Have at least a few days of a dry run to get yourselves back into the habit of rising early… Set your alarms, get up and dressed, have breakfast, just do whatever your normal routine would be before heading off to school. Remember that breakfast is the most important meal for a child in school, it gives them that added boost needed to take on all those tests!
Go to school
Take some time before the year starts and head up to the school. Even if their teacher isn’t around, they can get the lay of the land and find out where all the pertinent rooms are located. No one wants to spend their first day in a new place asking for directions. Learning where things such as the cafeteria, library, and even the office are at will help boost their confidence because they won’t be getting lost every time they have to change rooms. It can be unnerving trying to figure out where to go when there are so many others attempting the same.
How is your child getting to school and back? Do they know which bus to ride? Where are they to be picked up if they are a car rider? Are there certain days they will have to go to a babysitter or will they always go straight home? These are the types of questions you need to be prepared for and have the answers to them readily available. It is important for children to have routines and the ones before and after school are some of the most vital. If you can, consider meeting up with other students who will be transported in the same way so that your child knows someone the first day. Do they know any of the kids at the daycare? Head over there prior to school starting and find out, you could set up a playdate or just say hi.
That’s right! Live it up, summer fun is almost done and over with; so head out to the lake, go to the beach or the zoo and have a good time! You have your routines down, it is very close to the time when homework, tests and after school activities will take up most of your time. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!
What does your family do to get back on schedule for the start of the school year?