Chances are your child isn’t as excited as you are to be going back to school. Very few kids look forward to the beginning of a new school year. Not only does it mean homework and teachers, but it also means getting up earlier. As a parent, there are things you can do to make the process easier. Let’s look at how to get your child back on schedule for school.
Reset Her Sleeping Patterns
First things first. Chances are your child has gotten out of her usual sleep routine. She’s probably staying up later and sleeping much later than normal. Instead of shocking your child back into a new routine on the first day of school. You want to gradually send her to bed earlier and wake her up earlier. This will allow her to slowly adjust to her new schedule.
Do School Work at Home
In the last couple weeks before school starts, spend time doing a bit of work each day. There are a number of great workbooks available for different grades. It’s actually a good idea to do these workbooks throughout the summer, but it’s definitely a good idea to work on these right before school starts. You can also find a number of websites that will have work your child can do.
Spend Time Reading Together
Another great thing you can do is read with your child. This is a great way for younger children to work on reading aloud. It can be intimidating for children to read in front of others. Spend time doing this each day so that your child gets lots of practice and feels more confident. A great tip is for your kids to read material that is above the expected reading level so that they’ll have no trouble at all in class.
Serve Meals at the Proper Times
You also want to start serving your child breakfast, lunch, snacks, and supper at the times that they will be served through the school year. This will help her body adjust to eating at certain times of the day. In many schools, it’s not uncommon for lunch to be served as early as 10:30 in the morning.
Have Assignments for Her to Work on in the Evening
Homework is one of the most dreaded parts of going back to school. In the evenings while you’re making dinner, have different types of worksheets for your kids to work on. This will get them back in the habit of doing homework each evening. If you haven’t set up a homework station for your child, now’s the time to do it.
It’s not that hard to get your child back on schedule for school. There are so many small things you can do that will make a big difference.