Summer break always seems like the fastest part of the year, doesn’t it? One day your kids are getting out for the summer and, the next thing you know, you start seeing back-to-school sale signs in your local stores.
Going back to school is a difficult transition for kids (and parents), even if your children have been going to school for years. It’s even worse coming off of the more relaxed schedule of the summer.
Here are a few tips to help your kids ease back into a school routine!
How to Ease Your Kids Back into a School Routine
Gradually move up their bedtime.
If you’re like most parents, you’ve probably been a bit lax about bedtime over the summer. After all, the days are longer and the mornings are slower, so there’s not as much pressure for kids to get in bed early.
As the school year gets closer, though, you can help your kids get ready by slowly moving up bedtime. For example, if your kids are going to bed about an hour later than normal, you might try having the kids go to bed 15 minutes earlier each week for four weeks until they’re back on track.
Encourage daily reading.
Daily reading is a great way to avoid the “summer slide”, but if your kids haven’t been doing much structured reading, now is the time to start. They’ll have to do a lot of reading once the school year begins and starting slowly will get them in the habit now.
Try setting aside a specified time for quiet reading each day. Start with 15 or 20 minutes for young kids and 30 to 45 minutes for older children. Encourage your kids to explore different authors and read a mix of non-fiction and fiction works.
Get your supplies organized.
Nothing makes going back to school easier than getting your kids’ supplies together in advance. Since the school year brings a more hectic schedule, it’s a great idea to start meal planning, supply shopping, and organizing now.
If you’re looking for organization inspiration, check out our 9 Night Before Back to School Organization Tips at Look! We’re Learning!
How do you help your kids to get ready for back-to-school time? Do you work on helping them adjust to their school year schedule? Let us know in the comments!