Summer is almost a thing of the past. It’s time to trade in those TV remotes for pencil and paper. Soon, the school year will kick into full gear and you and your children will be off and running again. Before the first day of school, several things must be taken into consideration to be sure to plan and create the best routine for your school year.
First thing is first, summer can be a crazy time of year. Things are left around the house and rooms may seem to get cluttered faster than normal. This is all well and good during summer, but for school, organization is key. Take time to clean and address the needs for the school year. Check your inventory of pencils, paper, crayons, etc. You don’t want to be midway through November and realize you are almost out of supplies. Being organized will take a lot of stress out of preparation and allow you to focus on more important things.
Secondly, take into consideration the age changes of your children and make sure you are prepared for the different subjects and learning material for their new ages and abilities. Figure out what will need to be implemented and be prepared. Sometimes reviewing previous lessons learned from the year before can be a great starting point for the year to help refresh your children and get them back into the flow of learning without learning new material. Nothing makes a school year run smoother than being ready to take on a new year and a new challenge. Talk to your children and figure out what they would like to see and learn. Often times children can provide great ideas that parents may never have thought of. Be sure to take into consideration the interests of your children and what they enjoy most and plan activities to incorporate those interests into your schedule. Figure out what courses will be daily such as math and spelling, and what courses will be done on a less frequent basis. There is no right or wrong method, and often times what works for you and your family, may not work for another. Another thing you can do is set up vacations or breaks throughout the year so both you and your children have things to look forward to. Embrace it and begin exciting your children about what is in store for this school year.
We wish you the very best and hope you have a great year! Happy Learning!