Top 5 Back-to-School Tips

Top 5 Back-to-School Tips

Back-to-School time requires preparation and planning by parents and caregivers. At The Study, here are some tips that we share with our families.

  1. Build a weekly family routine. As parents and caregivers, we often focus on establishing our child(ren)’s routine(s) to ensure that they have enough time for extracurricular activities, homework and socialization outside of school hours. However, we tend to forget that their routine(s) must fit within the family dynamic to ensure things run smoothly. Map out each family member’s weekly activities and address any overlap before the week gets started.
  2. Encourage age-appropriate autonomy. We often find ourselves packing school bags and preparing snacks to ensure our children are prepared for the next day. Consider what tasks your child can accomplish independently and/or with your guidance. Younger children can pack and unpack their school bags, while older children can prepare their snack for the next day.
  3. Set aside a time each day to read for pleasure with your child(ren). A love of reading creates a love and appreciation of language. This can be particularly beneficial when your child is learning a new language.
  4. Celebrate successes (no matter how small). Acknowledging the small victories is a wonderful confidence booster for your child(ren) and yourself! Savor the moments of success, such as learning how to pack a backpack.
  5. Remember to breathe! Remember that we all settle into school at a different pace. Getting back into a routine takes time and regular planning. Give yourself and your child(ren) the time to get settled into the new school year routine. Plan for a little fun each day ie. stop at the park on the way home, play a board game, go for ice cream, etc.