Here’s my blogger friend Gail Terp with some great tips for getting your kids in Back To School mode.
Back to School Tips: Some kids are starting school this week; others will start within the next few weeks. After a summer of less structure, getting back into school mode can be a challenge. Here are a few tips for getting off to a good start.
Establish a place to keep all school information.
- Your child’s teacher(s) and contact information
- Your child’s schedule
- The school calendar
- Documents such as report cards, immunizations, a behavior plan, Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), and any document you think you may want to refer to through the year
- Inventory your child’s school clothes and discard/recycle mismatched socks, clothes that don’t fit, and clothes your child doesn’t like. Getting these things out of the way will streamline getting dressed for school
- Consider setting out school clothes the night before. This can greatly help the morning preparations.
- Brainstorm with your child what needs to be done before he goes out the door in the morning. Things like getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth…
- Write it down! In the morning, if your child needs reminders, all you need to do is have her check her routine card.
- Build in a reward. Checklist completed? Brainstorm what can happen (watch TV, get points towards a reward, computer time…)
- Launching Pad
- Establish a place near the front door to collect all that needs to go out the door. Things like backpacks, lunch, shoes, jackets—whatever you don’t want to have to search the house for.
- Set up a routine. This is a very individual thing. A routine is best if your child has input.
- Consider when your child is freshest and most motivated. Right after school? After dinner? For some kids, the morning is a good time. It’s risky, of course, but it’s something to consider.
- If possible, establish a dedicated homework area. This will need to reflect your child’s work style. Some kids do just fine in their rooms, others need to be where you can monitor their on-task behavior.
Along with my own experience, I used these sites to write this post. Please check out them out for more ideas.
Here are 2 sites that have downloadable resources you may find helpful.
Have a great start to the new school year!
I’m a retired teacher who has spent the last 30 years working with enthusiastic and reluctant readers. One of my top goals as a teacher was to connect kids with books they loved. It’s still my goal. My blog, Best Blog for Kids Who Hate to Read, is one way I use to reach it.