The key to everything new is to bring more excitement. Let know kids that they will have great time in learning new things and meeting their friends. Back to school has to be a great time to be enjoyed and planned ahead.
Yes, because the planning is essential, even if we love improvising.
Here are some ideas you can implement before the school start
1. Create Calendar Central
Each school year floats on a sea of schedules. School functions. Lunch menus. Scout meetings and music lessons. What do you do when you’re drowning in paper?
Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You’ll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and volunteer work. Add specialized calendars and schedules, and you have it: a one-stop shop for family time management.
Managing your time is the most important thing to do if you want to succeed and to not get crazy with all those commitments. Bring fun to planning. This can be a joyful way to share pleasant time with kids.
Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.
Plan meals ahead, plan the cloths you’ll wear. Plan the month ahead with the key moments and with the intentions of the month and make an appointment each weekend to revisit everything. The more creative you are, the better the time spent with kids will be!
Check this wonderful website to get inspired: Organized Home
2. List of academic goals
Write out a list of goals that you want to achieve for the upcoming school year! Do you want to make the lead role in the play, get that varsity spot on the basket ball team, improve your grades? You can reach all the goals you set for this year! When you write down every goal you are able to plan and realize what you need to do to prepare for them. Having that list can be a driving and motivating force to help you work to achieve those goals.
3. Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “School Time” two weeks before the first day
Good habits need practice before becoming second nature and you will want to make the best of the new beginning. Dr. Charles Duhigg wrote a very interesting book called “The Power Of Habit”. The main message here is that as human being we are keen to stick to habitual activities and in order to change something in our life we have to practice and practice and again practice, so the actions become automatic.
Identify the routine
Experiment with rewards
Isolate the cue
Have a plan
4. Try apps like iHomework or MyHomeWork to help your kids organize assignments.
You already know that we love technology and all the good changes it brings into our life. This is why we are keen to try these new apps, which help us to make our life easier.
Also, you might rethink about the time exposure to the screens. Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when?
Together with this, establish bed time and Family quality time.
5.Use an egg timer to get your kids used to focusing for specific periods of time.
- Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.
- Give your kids a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a short walk.
- Set a regular alarm each day that signals the start of homework time.
- Discuss what your kids can expect on the first day so they feel more prepared.
- Visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environments.