Brace yourself; first day of school is coming. Help to ease your kids into the new school year by getting them back into school-year routines. Here are a few helpful suggestions from our team of Learning Specialists at RRLS.
Start Hitting the Hay Earlier
In the summer bedtime is often a bit later than during the school year, and so it can be difficult for kids to acclimatize in September. In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, start bedtime 15 minutes earlier each night until your child is going to bed at the correct time. According to the National Sleep Foundation, children between the ages of 6 and 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep each night. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for your children to perform well at school academically, as well as emotionally.
Think about S.M.A.R.T Goals for the Year
A new school year is a great time to take a moment and create goals, but make sure that they are S.M.A.R.T ones. S.M.A.R.T Goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Treat the new school year like January 1st and encourage each family member to pick an academic or personal goal and discuss how everyone will achieve their goals. Some great goals to consider might be: ‘I will read for 20 minute every week night’ or ‘I will share one toy or game every day.’
It’s about to be sign-up sheet time! Get ahead of the game by taking time with your children to discuss what teams or activities they would like to join in the upcoming school year. It can be hard for a family to juggle all of the activities and events that children want to be a part of, and so it may be best to put a limit on the amount of commitments your children can make per month or season. Taking time to think about it now might save you headaches in the future.
Make a Family Schedule
Keeping a large calendar somewhere in your house where everyone sees it daily is a great way to keep the family organized and ready for the day. Eliminate stressful surprises by ensuring that everyone records upcoming events, activities, and projects. Assign each member of the family a different colour to keep it easy to follow visually.
Plan Some Brain Boosting Snacks
The school year can be hectic. You might find yourself running from hockey, to gymnastics, to soccer, to art classes and forgetting that you (and the kids) need to eat! Brainstorm with your munchkins a list of healthy snacks and lunches that they are interested in. There are about a million resources online to point you in the direction of yummy brain-boosting foods.
We’re excited and gearing up for the upcoming school year here at RRLS. If you think your child or children would benefit from working with one of our excellent Learning Specialists during this school year, give us a call at 416.925.1225.