Without parents or caretakers, children would be hard pressed to navigate their way through the education process.
Learning requires forging several relationships, however one of the most important partnerships begins at home between parents and child. Here’s what you can do to ensure your child is in a constant state of readiness to learn during the scholastic year:
The Night Before
Proper Hygiene– Consider bathing or showering at night before bed. The more you get done the night before school, the less you will have to worry about in the morning.
Replenish– Check school supplies. Purchase and replace pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, crayons, erasers, and other items. Keep a supply in the house. Kids can go through (or lose) supplies faster than you can imagine!
Pack Up!– Have your child pack everything they will need for school in their backpack before bed. Supervise only. This is a chore that will last for quite some time! It is best they get into the habit early.
Brown Bagging It– If your youngster carries lunch to school it makes life easier if you eliminate this responsibility before you retire. Again, that makes one less chore to do in the morning. And, do parents have a lot of chores? Yes!
Wardrobe Selection– There is nothing worse than running around looking for a lost sock or shoe in a time crunch! This is the time to deal with clothing issues. Select everything your child will wear and put clothes, shoes, belts, socks, hair ornaments, jackets, and other essentials in a designated spot.
Get Enough Zzzzzz’s!– Sleep sets the stage for the next day’s performance. Younger children need more sleep than teenagers. Since your child between the ages of 5-11 will need 10-12 hours of sleep, factor that in when establishing a bedtime.
In The Morning Before School
Rise and Shine– Wake up early! If it takes an hour to get ready, add 15-30 extra minutes to your routine for last minute events that may occur. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
Wash, Brush, and Primp– Freshen up! A neat appearance helps your child to feel good and put their best foot forward. Remind them to wash their face, brush teeth and fix their hair.
Fill The Tank– We can’t say enough about the benefits of breakfast–the most important meal of the day! Breakfast is a critical component for children. What’s more, it’s not a meal that can be skipped. Why? Because breakfast provides energy and stamina for the long day of learning and recess time. As a result, your child will be able to concentrate in class and demonstrate improved performance. Other benefits include better eye-hand coordination and, here’s a great bonus, weight control. So, eat up!
Timely Departure– Leave the house on time. A timely departure keeps your little one calm, not frazzled, and in the right frame of mind for school.
Chitter Chatter– If you drive your youngster to school, make the ride a pleasant one. If possible, save the scolding and serious talk for later when they get home.
Super Send-Off– Make your last moments together count. A hug and kiss will leave a lasting impression and keep their day moving in a positive direction. Add a little more sweetness by saying something encouraging as you say so long.
Coming up with a practical routine for your child is an excellent start. It takes teamwork and tenacity to execute the plan. Working together, you can feel better knowing you are sending your child to school ready to do their best.
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