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My daughter is all grown up and out on her own. I remember when she was a child though and summer was winding down. It was a struggle to get her to transition from summer fun with no schedule to the set routine for school. Depending on the child and their age, it can be a challenge to switch gears. Here are 5 tips that helped make the transition easier for not only my daughter but for myself.
5 Tips to help your child prepare for back to school.
1. Set Schedule
I started with a set schedule that she would be experiencing when school was in session. We started this a few weeks before the first day of school so she was well adjusted. The schedule had a set bedtime, time to wake up and dinner. We all know our schedules are more relaxed in the summer. It’s important though to start a routine back in place a few weeks before school starts so you have an adjustment period while your body and mind adjust. This is a great thing not only for your child(ren) but for the parents as well.
2. School Shopping
Ah yes, the dreaded back to school shopping. There are the must have school supplies and the clothes. Why do kids grow like weeds in the summer? The clothes that fit fine in May are now too small in August. *sigh* So yes, you have to go and buy them new clothes and shoes. I personally still love school supplies so I always loved that aspect of shopping for school. Thankfully my daughter’s school didn’t have a set supply list so we could buy whatever we wanted. Remember, it’s better to stock up on items when they are on sale now so you have them on hand for later in the year when they will be full price.
3. Clean/Organize Bedroom
It always helped my daughter to get back into the swing of things to clean and organize her bedroom. Of course, if I wanted this done correctly we did this together. Her bedroom was a bit small with all of her furniture in it (it’s now my office) but we organized it. We also made sure she had a place to do homework. She has always preferred to do her homework in her room on her bed. She was in advanced classes and on honor roll so this worked for her.
4. Start to limit screen time
My daughter is 22 now so computers and tablets weren’t a big thing until she was a teenager. She has always had a television in her room along with a hand held game device (mostly a Nintendo DS). I started to limit how often she could use these items so that there were no withdraws of them when school started. During the day I made her do other things and then when it was time to wind down and relax then she was allowed to watch television in her room and play the Nintendo.
5. Schedule more reading/workbook time
This one was by far the hardest to get my daughter to do. She has never loved to read, but she does love to learn. I never quite figured that one out. I know a lot of families do require reading at night and honestly, I wish I did that with her but I didn’t. I would start this the few weeks before school though when getting into our routine. For my daughter, I did this so she got into the routine of having homework at night. When she was younger I’d buy or print off workbooks for her age/grade level. When she got into Junior High and High School she was in advanced English and had to read certain books over the summer in order to be tested on them shortly after school started. This is when she’d start those.
Speaking of high school, summer time is a great time for your child to be thinking of college and applying for scholarships. Let’s face it, college is expensive and not all parents can afford to pay for the full 4 years. My daughter is in school for nursing. She went to community college for her associate’s degree and got hired at a hospital that will help her continue her education. Not all job fields have this. A great scholarship your child can apply for is Groza Learning Center Scholarship.
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