Back to School Advice for Parents and Kids
School will be back in session before you know it. This is an ideal time to start getting your kids ready for the new school year. Keep these back to school tips in mind, so that your kids will be fully prepared for school by the time their first day back arrives.
Make Bedtime Earlier
If your kids have been staying up later than usual during summer, don’t wait until the week before school starts to get them used to having an earlier bedtime again. Start putting them to bed a little bit earlier each night until they’re back on their bedtime schedule for the school year. Having them get used to going to sleep early again helps ensure that they’ll be well-rested and less cranky when school starts.
Work on the Morning Routine
You don’t want to have to fight with your kids to have them get ready on time for school every morning. If your kids have had an easygoing schedule during summer, including waking up whenever they want, start getting them back into the morning routine little by little. This means having them wake up at a certain time, have breakfast, brush and floss their teeth and get dressed. Getting your kids used to the morning routine again can help things go more smoothly when school starts again. Waiting to do this can make kids more likely to give you a hard time on school mornings at the beginning of the school year.
Go Over the School Supply List Twice
If your kids have a lengthy list of school supplies, take time to look it over at least twice to make sure you get everything on it. You should also ensure that you have the right items if your kids have specific brands or types of supplies, such as 5-subject notebooks or pocket folders, on their list. Getting their school supplies taken care of now means that you won’t have to worry about doing last-minute school supply shopping, which is when stores tend to run out of these items.
Do a Simple Review
Set aside time to go over what your kids learned last year so that they’ll be ready to dive back into learning when the new school year starts. You don’t have to do an in-depth review. Instead, keep it simple, such as doing a few exercises or workbook sheets with math problems or having younger kids read books out loud to brush up on their reading skills. This can make it easier for kids to adjust to school while also getting them back into an academic frame of mind.
This is also a good time to schedule back to school dental cleanings for your kids. Contact us at Wright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our dentist, so your kids can have clean and healthy teeth.