Whether you’ve been on the go since school let out or enjoying long, carefree days, there is no denying the season is winding down quickly. Instead of ending it on a stressful note and rushing to get things done last-minute, why not start preparing for the new academic year ahead of time?
Getting ready doesn’t have to mean sacrificing summer fun. There are countless ways to make the time of transition enjoyable for you and your student.
Consider these ideas for ensuring your child is rested and ready for the year ahead:
- Set Up Stations – When students have backpacks, binders, electronics, and books to keep up with, things suddenly seem to get a little out of order at home. A messy environment never set anyone up for success. You can create special areas in your home including:
- A study space with comfy seating, good lighting, and minimal distractions
- A “drop zone” near the front door for rain jackets, shoes, backpacks, and other essential items
- A charging station for laptops, tablets, phones, and other electronics that need to be ready to go daily
- Schedule a Practice Run – As soon as you know your schedule for the coming year, hop in the car and give it a whirl! This not only makes your student more comfortable with the change of pace, it builds excitement for a new routine. Be sure to take advantage of the planned school orientations before the start of the year.
- Review and Read Up – Take some time to review what was learned in the previous year. Pull out binders, books, notes, and essays and quiz your student to see how much they’ve retained. Further, if you have a syllabus or course descriptions on hand, preview content for the coming year. Your student might get a head start by simply reading up on various subjects, or a special family “field trip” might shed light on a topic of focus.
- Shop Your Home – School shopping is always exciting for students. Before you go out and spend a small fortune, shop your closets for clothes that still work, excess school supplies from the previous year, or other treasures that your student may have forgotten about. You might be surprised by what you find. With a comprehensive list of what you have and what you still need, you can then hit the stores.
- Set Measurable Goals – Goal-setting is an important part of a child’s growth and maturity. Talk to them about what they want to accomplish this year and help them make a list of goals to pursue. It could be something as simple as waking up 30 minutes earlier for family breakfast, or something that will require more dedication, such as making a competitive athletic team or achieving straight A’s.
- Plan One Last Fun Day – There’s a busy year ahead of you. Squeeze in one more day full of summer fun and allow your student to help with the planning. Their idea of R&R might be spending the day at a pool or beach, going to a movie with friends, or seeking thrills at an amusement park. Regardless of where you go, summer memories will undoubtedly be made.
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