7 tips to get kids ready for back to school

Follow these tips and going back to school could be a lot easier.

EARLY TO BED

You can get your kids back into their sleep routine by setting their bedtimes back to “school time” a week before school starts. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9-12 hours of sleep for children ages 6-12 years, and 8-10 hours of sleep for kids older that 13. This will make it much easier for them to shift back into “learning mode” when the first day of school rolls around.

GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!

Being re-establishing school routines by having them wake up at the same time every day. You can also find out what their school lunch schedule is and begin eating lunch around the same time.

HOMEWORK

Find a quiet place to set up a homework station. You should designate a time and place for homework every day. Make sure to choose a time where you are available to help if needed. Make sure your area is stocked with supplies like pen, pencils, paper, etc.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

As soon as extracurricular times and dates are available, you can make a weekly calendar for after school activities and put it where the whole family can access it. If you use the calendar on your phone you can add those times and dates to it as well

TIME TO PUT DOWN THE PHONES

Try to reduce screen time on phones, games and TV to improve your child’s concentration and attention span. This will get them used to going all day (or most of the day) without them and they won’t have to go “cold turkey” the first day school kicks back in. This will also begin limiting their exposure to blue light from digital devices and improve their sleep patterns. For more information, see this study from Harvard.

HONE YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

A few days before school starts, you can begin doing “morning routine run-throughs”. Wake your kids up and get them moving just like they were going to school. If they eat breakfast at home, do that as well and have everyone ready to go out the the door on time. This way you can identify and correct any problem areas and help everyone get back into the swing of things so things will go more smoothly that first day back.

TIME FOR A CHECKUP?

If you haven’t already done so, you should get your child’s yearly checkup and verify they are up to date on all their vaccinations. Now is a good time to find out what records your school requires and have them ready to turn in.

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