Tips for a successful start to the school year

Back to School Tips for Parents
Kids going back to SchoolGet the school year off to a great start with routines and habits
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to set the stage for learning success. Try these simple strategies:

Get a head start. Many families find that organizing at night prevents morning “rush hour.” You can review school papers, pack and refrigerate lunches, set backpacks by the door and agree on outfits.
Establish sleep routines. Choose reasonable bedtimes so everyone is rested when it’s time to wake up. Make sure everyone sticks to their bedtimes.
Develop morning habits. If your child does the same things in the same order each morning, it’s less likely that she will forget a step.
Choose a homework time. With your child, pick a time when she will have the most energy and motivation to do assignments. Create a quiet study spot (complete with necessary supplies) where she can work at the same time each day.
Use tools for organization. Teach your child how to use calendars, to-do lists and a filing system for schoolwork and important papers.
Set priorities. Schedule things like schoolwork, family meals and even free time on a calendar. Treat them like appointments. If there are open blocks of time, your child can add activities.
Reprinted with permission from the September 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.
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