Smooth Transition: Getting Ready For School


The summer is almost done and the new academic year is creeping up faster than you can imagine. If you want a seamless transition to the new school year, planning and preparation will make it easier on everyone. Here are a few things you can start doing now to help your child to get back into the groove.

Happier Mornings: Did you have a few bad mornings last year? Think about what went wrong and try to institute routines that will make your mornings easier. If your children don’t like getting up, then completing homework, packing bags and setting out clothes the night before should become part of a new morning routine. Discuss these new routines with your children and get their input on bathroom schedules, lunches and breakfasts—they are far more likely to participate in a routine that they helped create.

Get Back Into The Routine: Staying up late and sleeping in have probably become a habit in your home, so start getting your kids to bed a little earlier. Set an alarm so that they get up earlier too. This will help with the switch back to an academic timetable.

Reconnect: Get together with other moms and let your child reconnect with school friends they may have missed over the break. Reconnecting with friends will help them to look forward to a new school year.

Wardrobe Check: Go through your child’s wardrobe with them to see what fits and what doesn’t. This will also help you to see what they need for the coming school year. Shopping for a new school wardrobe will also get them enthusiastic about the going back to school.

Get Organized: Buy a large chalkboard or calendar for the kitchen and start filling in activities and sports as well as travel arrangements so that everyone is informed and prepared.

Catch Up With Paperwork: Every new school year brings a slew of reading and paperwork that needs to be done. Starting now will mean you are prepared for the new year and the school has all the information they need.

Start Your Stationery Shopping: Starting early means that there is no mad rush at the end and that you save money on school supplies.

Planned Lunches: Making school lunches is one routine you will have to get back into. Ask your students to make a wish list of the lunch items they would like to see on the menu. Plan a schedule for lunches so that you are not scrambling around in the morning.

Tutors: If your child struggled with a subject last year, book a tutor for the start of the academic year. You don’t want your child to fall behind or feel overwhelmed right from the start. Getting a tutor will help them to fill in gaps and build confidence.

Prevent Brain Drain: Take your child to the library to get some books. Reading and writing exercises now will help them to get over the summer holiday brain drain.  Most of the new standards in schools require more resource based writing and increased reading.

(Note: Adapted from a Aug 2013 post on the Tutor Doctor Corp. Site)

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