It is that time of year again where kids are heading back into the classrooms and creating routines. Sometimes the transition from summer to school can be difficult. We talked with Laura Kelly, prior teacher and now creative mom of boys, Here are few suggestions to make the change smooth in your home.
Adjust the Sleep Clocks – Work back into the sleep patterns of going to bed early and getting up early. Start at least a week before school starts and make the effort your child puts into this worth it. If she goes to be on time and sleeps all night, take her somewhere special to celebrate. Bounce -U and Monkey Joes are great on hot summer days!
Create a Workspace – While out shopping for school supplies and classroom donations from the teacher’s list, get items to personalize your child’s at-home work space. This is a special place where they can go to do homework and study. If you are limited on space or your child shares a room, create a study bucket of special homework supplies that can travel to the kitchen table. Office Depot has tons of great supplies and organizational tools for kids.
Communicate with School – If there is an open house or a “meet the teacher” time, be there. Even if it is your child’s 5th year at the same school, the classroom is new and the expectations will be different. Providing them the opportunity to become acquainted early with their new environment will help them start out on the right foot. If their are volunteering opportunities, seize the ones that work for you. Find a way to support the classroom and school even if it means donating items, not time. A.C. Moore has awesome things that teachers would love but might not buy themselves for classroom projects.
Discuss Clothing – Some children are socially conscious about what they wear and what backpack they carry. Make sure that your child feels confident in what they wear to school. You might not love their choice and it might not be perfect for your scrapbook photos but their self esteem is worth it in the long run. Dicks Sporting Goods has great clothes for active kids.
Healthy Foods – Create healthy eating habits. Pack healthy lunches and let your kids participate in the process. They will be more likely to eat their lunch if they helped make it. For after school snacks, create a drawer or basket of healthy choices so they know when they get home where to go and what they can eat. Lots of kids come home from school really hungry, especially if they had lunch at 10:30 am. Kroger is a great place to shop for these items.
Make it Fun – There are tons of ideas online that share suggestions of DIY Back to School projects. These will help your kids get excited and make the concept of school seem exciting like summer. For starters, you could visit the Rit Studio DIY Back to School Blog Hop filled with awesome projects. You can dye wooden bathroom passes for teachers, make Box Top collection jars, book covers, backpacks and so much more. You can buy Rit Dye at A.C. Moore and Kroger.
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