Start the School Year Right: From School Supplies to Routines
June 26, 2018
By: Cathie Ericson
Even though January officially starts the “new year,” most parents would say that September and back to school is the “real” new year. If you’re looking ahead to starting some new routines, you can check out our tips that can help you prepare to start the school year right.
Don’t let their learning take a vacation
You’ve probably heard about summer “brain drain.” A suitable way to keep your kids’ skills sharp is to have them continue to flex their learning muscles throughout the summer. Whether you take a regular trip to the library or devote 30 minutes to workbook time before you hit the park or pool, consistent summer work can pay dividends when they go back to school. Make learning fun by considering a subscription to STEAM Discovery Kits. STEAM is a curriculum-based educational philosophy focusing on real world applications in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM Kits are engaging, ready-to-use projects designed to expand young minds and delivered monthly right to your door.
Then you can develop a routine where every member of the family spends 10 minutes assembling the next day’s necessities for easy retrieval as you head out the door. Everyone will feel calmer without a frantic last-minute hard target search for the gym shoes or library book.
Post the schedule so everyone can see
Whether you choose a whiteboard or a big wall calendar, nothing beats a visual aid to show you a week at a glance. Consider indulging your inner artist by picking up a pack of fancy pens and color code your schedule by activity, family member or any other system that works for you, so you can see who has music lessons, who needs to be studying for a math test and who has a late meeting.
Make school prep part of your summer fun
For all the whining your kids may do about going back to school, deep down they are usually pretty excited. You can fuel that anticipation by involving them in back-to-school shopping.
Not sure what’s on your school supplies list? Check out this handy link to find the exact school supplies you need. Hint: Ordering online also makes it that much easier to find the “3 permanent markers, thin tip” and “dry-erase marker, red” that are often so carefully specified on a school supplies list. Then you can head to the store to pick out the fun stuff, like folders and planners.
Don’t forget to plan a meet-and-greet with the teacher. Many parent/teacher groups host an organized event where your child can drop their school supplies and check out the classroom. If not, consider making an informal drop by, especially if it’s a new school.
Do a dry run
If your kids have spent the summer sleeping late and lazing around in their PJs, the early alarm could be a tough wakeup call. You can plan to spend the week before school gradually moving bedtimes and wakeup times earlier.
It’s also smart to try the entire morning routine a couple times so you get your timing down—especially important if you’re juggling start times with a new job or school. When your test run is successful, reward the whole family with breakfast at a favorite diner—you’re already dressed and out the door, after all!
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is” and neither the author nor Office Depot, Inc. warrant the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
/account/v2/editBillingDisplay,/orderhistory/subsManager,/orderhistory/submitReturn,/account/accountSummaryDisplay,/account/loginAccountDisplay,/account/myfiles,/csl/listAllhttps://request.eprotect.vantivcnp.com/eProtect/js/payframe-client3.min.js?d=20200809 Join Now