For so many school districts, Back to School time is getting close! Depending on your child(ren), this may be a time of great joy or a time of apprehension. Either way, it’s fun to create enthusiasm around the upcoming year and make Back to School a major event in your household!
Reconnect with a friend: Depending on when your school announces their class lists, try to get together with a new or old friend who is in your class or on your team. Discussing the upcoming year and activities generates excitement, and it’s always fun to think about new classes and new clothes!
Revisit your homework spaces: Set kids up for success by helping them create a special nook or area where they feel comfortable and motivated. If they have their own space, it’s fun to decorate it and perhaps pick out a special lamp or decor item. If they do homework in a shared space, create organization and interest with labeled trays or baskets for each person’s supplies and work. While you’re revising last year’s spaces or creating new ones, talk with your children about their schedules and your expectations for homework completion. They’ll do better with clear parameters, discussed in advance.
Do some menu planning: Ask kids their favorite subject, and many will say, “lunch.” Since that’s often the case, freshen up lunches this year with some new options of their choosing. If your child buys school lunches, perhaps plan some fun dinner ideas for the first week or weekend of school, or pre-plan some fun after school snacks for those first few exhausting days!
Don’t over-schedule: It’s easy to get carried away with Back to School events and as a result let the calendar get packed! As you plan activities, think about moving from the lazy days of summer to a new school year, and consider sleep needs, meal times and much-needed down time. Kids and parents will both find the transition goes much more smoothly and is actually enjoyable if the family eases into the new routine rather than jumping in wildly!