It’s an exciting time as the first day of school approaches! For most children it means new supplies, new school clothes and the excitement of meeting their teacher for the first time! You probably even went through your
children’s wardrobes and weeded out everything they have out grown and reduced the clutter in their room.
But there are other ways that you can help your children get ready for a successful school year.
Here are a few tips to start off this school year right:
- Bedtimes –
Let’s face it! During the summer, we get a little negligent on bedtimes and sometimes let our children stay up too late. Proper rest is essential for a healthy school year. Start now with specific bed times so they can get the recommended hours of sleep a night. It is recommended that school age children (6-13 years) get 9 to 11 hours sleep a night.
- Nutrition –
Good nutrition plays an important part in children’s academic performance. Studies show that children who eat healthy balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Prepare healthy lunches and meals ahead of time so there is less time to develop bad eating habits.
- Studying –
It’s never too early to set up a special place at home to do homework. Find a place in your home where distractions are minimal. Make it clear that good study habits are top priority in your family and make sure you praise your children on their study and work efforts.
- Read Together –
Take a pledge to read together with your children every night for 20 minutes. Your example shows how important reading is and lets you and your child explore fun adventures together.
- Communication –
Get acquainted with the teachers and make a plan on keeping track of subjects, homework and extra-curricular activities. Yes, you want them to be more independent but you should still play an active role of communication during the school year.
As your child goes through school, remember that different concerns and
challenges will probably come up at some point and that’s okay! Qualified tutors can make a difference in the classroom and can help fill in the gaps that teachers sometimes can’t cover during their limited school hours. Be confident in knowing that Dole Academy’s certified teachers are there when your child needs help.