Getting back to the daily grind after a vacation is tough for anyone let alone going back to school after three months of pools, sports and relaxing in the summer sun. Even if you aren’t a student, there are lots of things you can do as a parent, caregiver or educator to help make the transition from summer to school as seamless as possible.
Here are five tips from TruStone Financial to help your kids get back into the school routine:
- Adjust sleep schedules. Set an alarm for 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime to brush teeth and get settled down. Summer sleep schedules might be hard to quit even when school starts, but the first step to having a successful and productive day is a good night’s rest. Don’t let your student fall behind before they even have a chance to get ahead!
- Make a designated study area. Help your child set a time to work on homework assignments and designate a study area for them like a desk in their room or a spot at the kitchen table away from distractions, like the television. By giving your child a space to concentrate, they will see that you value their success in school, which will motivate them to do their best.
If you’re a teacher, encourage parents to consider these ideas at home and help them decide what might be the best study time or work area for their child.
- Attend class orientations. Getting familiar with where your child will be spending eight hours a day, five days a week for the next nine months is one of the most important things you can do to help your child feel comfortable. Think about how much more you can connect with your child during after-school conversations – you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about. When you’re comfortable and excited, they will be too!
- Set goals. Coming home from the first day of school with a backpack full of papers for parents to sign or homework is overwhelming. Look through homework assignments with your child and help them when they get stuck. Consider setting other goals like completing homework before dinner or getting all assignments done on Friday evening, so you can enjoy the weekend without worrying about those unfinished projects.
Teachers, encourage goal-setting for activities like reading or writing. Challenge your students to read for 20 minutes each night before bed or to keep a journal.
- Be an example. Actions really do speak louder than words. Don’t just do these things for your child, do them for yourself! Make sure you get plenty of sleep, set goals for yourself and make yourself comfortable with your daily routine. If you train yourself to be productive and calm, your child will likely follow in your footsteps.
Editor’s Note: Segments of this article were taken from lifehacker.com and metroparent.com.