Back to School Tips

August 17, 2020

Posted by Hallie Hagland

Typically by the end of summer, we are all anticipating the structure, sports, and activities that are associated with the back to school season. This year feels different. We will miss the familiarity of sports and activities, but we can keep the structure. This upcoming school year comes with much anxiety and uncertainty. Here are 6 helpful tips to help your family experience a smooth transition into fall and maintain some normalcy

Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines: Plan to re-establish the earlier bedtimes, along with the earlier wake-up calls approximately 1-2 weeks before school starts.  This gives everyone some time to get adjusted to the schedule again. Remember to avoid screen time in the last two hours before bed as the blue light emitted from devices can cause problems with falling asleep.

Turn off the TV:  Encourage children to read or play quiet games, or activities in the morning instead of watching TV.  This will help ease them into the learning process and have less complaints when it is time to get ready for school, whether that is in person or distance learning.

Designate a homework spot: Keep desks or tables clear of clutter so there is a nice quiet place to do homework, and also for supervision.

Make lunches the night before: Get as much together the night before, so your morning routine will go more smoothly.

Layout clothes the night before:  Have clothes laid out the night before so kids can just get in their clothes before they even come downstairs to breakfast. One more thing you can check off your to-do list in the morning.

Establish the after-school schedule:  Make sure you go over the after school schedule with kids in the morning, so they are clear of what to expect when they get home from school or when the designated learning time is complete.  Be specific with young children— ”You will take the bus home today", "Dad will pick you up at AppleTree/Gilden Woods today”, or “Learning time ends at 3 pm then we can go outside to play.”

We hope these tips help your family start the school year off on the right foot!

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