It's time to head back to school!! Routines help to start the school feeling "ready to go," instead of "stressed out." Bedtime routines, waking up, choosing clothes, school route and storage location of back pack and shoes can be positive starting points!
Bedtime routines & Wake Up: It's easy to want to squeeze the last few minutes out of summer, but kids really need some time to adjust. Remember that kids need more than 8 hours of sleep, depending on their age. If your children have been going to bed two hours or more later than they typically would for school, try scaling back bedtime by 30 minutes to an hour each night. Have your children wake up at the time they normally would rise in the morning for school as "practice."
Choosing Clothes: Ask your kids to choose clothes the night before school to make mornings easier. Placing the clothing in an area that is easy for your child to access can really help the process. They may even enjoy putting "outfits" together!
Getting to School: Practice the route to school together or walk to the bus stop together. It may be fun to play on the school playground as a reward!
Backpacks and shoes: Good habits can make the school year easier! Work with your child to find a location for backpacks and shoes to be stored so they are easy to find in the morning. When students complete homework, put it in folders. Students create great habits when they place the folders in their backpacks as soon as the homework is finished.