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16 tips for parents on how to make this school year the best

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From day trips to afternoons at the local waterpark, it can be hard to give up what summer break has to offer and get back into a school routine. But as the school year approaches, it is important to plan for more than just the first day of school. If you’re ready to have the best school year ever, follow our guide to get and keep your children school-ready.

Ease Into The First Day

The first day of school can be a challenge for you and your child. There is a lot of stress in starting a new year. Here are some tips to make your first day easier:

  • Get into a routine. Summer fun often includes late nights and later mornings, but as the alarm bell gets closer to ringing, it is important to be ready for it. You should start getting your child into their school routine at least two weeks before school starts. Read our post about how to get your child into their school routine easily.

  •  Organize school supplies. While you’re out school supply shopping, think about organization. It may seem weird, but sometimes parents just get the items on the list. Get all of the necessary supplies, but also consider getting pencil bags and containers to keep their supplies organized and easy to find. Also, open necessary supplies before sending your child to school.

  • Transportation. Before the first day, make sure you have a plan for getting your child to and from school. If they ride the bus, make sure you know where the bus stop is and what time it will arrive to pick your kids up. If you have someone taking your child to school and picking them up, make sure they know where the drop-off and pick-ups are located and the times for both. If you’re struggling to find someone to handle the transportation, contact LifeSquire.

  • Conquer first day jitters. No matter their age, your children may be nervous about starting a new school. Beat the first-day stress by going to the school beforehand. Show them how they will enter the school, where their classrooms are, and show them where places like the cafeteria and bathrooms are located. Also remind your child that everyone is nervous on their first day, even the teachers.

  • Storytime. If you feel your child is getting into the back-to-school blues, share your experiences. Tell your child stories about positive experiences you had during your school years. That will encourage and excite them about school.

 

Throughout The School Year

Even though the first day has passed, it is important to set your children up for success. Besides getting their quarterly report card and encouraging them to join school clubs, there are other things to encourage a school year full of learning. Here are our tips for ongoing success:

  • Activity Calendar. Your children will often be sent home with a schedule of activities throughout the year. In order to make sure that your child has a clean purple shirt on purple shirt day, create a calendar with all school events. An activity calendar will keep you from being caught off guard or missing any important events.

  • Snacks and meals. Children that eat a nutritious breakfast and have healthy snacks will be able to focus and function better at school and while at home. Plan out breakfast and snack options for your child during the week.

  • Have a lunch plan. It doesn’t matter if you want your children to eat lunch at school, you pack their lunches, or a mix of both, have a plan. Children are bound to not like every meal, so they will probably request a mix of both. To avoid a lunchless day, go through the schedule each week, and determine what your child likes. When packing lunches, follow our handy guide on how to make school lunches easier.

  • Late nights = struggles. Even through the sad puppy eyes, you have to be strong. Your children may beg and beg for another 30 minutes, but always stick to their bedtime schedule. Your child getting enough quality sleep is critical to their success in school. Always make sure they follow their nightly routine and get adequate sleep.

  • Buddy system. Encourage your child to become friends with another child that lives near you. The buddy system is important for walking to school and for waiting at bus stops. It also will make them more confident and comfortable starting and ending each school day.

  • Encourage reading. Even during the school season, you should encourage your child to read. Take them to the library regularly to pick out books. Set a book reading goal for the year and maybe a prize for accomplishing it. Do something that keeps them encouraged to explore the literary world.

 

Create Excellent Homework And Study Habits

We send our children to school so that they learn and grow into educated decision-makers. Unfortunately, with all the activities and goals you and your child set, they may not have adequate study time. Here are some tips to ensure your children get the best study time possible:

  • Study space. Create a homework and study space that includes supplies your child will need. Make sure it has limited distractions and have them do their homework and studying there each night. Their work space is key to effective studying.

  • Ample time. Make sure when scheduling activities after school, that your child has ample study time. Don’t rush them through homework to make it to their little league game.

  • Technology. Create a household rule that all electronic distractions (i.e. phone, television, and more) stay off during study time. If your child needs to use the Internet or computer for homework, supervise them to make sure they stay on track.

  • Know the due dates. Children can be forgetful or not know when their homework is due. Make sure that you know their assignment deadlines and make them visible for your child. Include a paper calendar in their study space and write due dates for each assignment. Teach your child how to prioritize their homework.

  • The struggle is real. If you see your child struggling in a particular subject, don’t let it continue. Schedule a meeting to talk to their teacher about their struggles and get recommendations for people that can help them get back on track. It is OK for your child to need a tutor.

 

If you find yourself overwhelmed during the school year, reach out to LifeSquire. We provide quality personal assistants that will purchase school supplies, provide safe transportation to and from school and other events, meal and snack prep, and more.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Back-to-school tips to start this school year right

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As summer comes to an end, it’s time to start planning for the back-to-school season.  We know, we know, it isn’t easy to end your summer fun, and you may want to deny that it’s ending until the very last moment, but we’re here to say you shouldn’t.

Coming up with a plan and marking tasks off of your to-do list will ensure you and your kids will start the school year off right. But how do you get started? You follow our tips, of course!

Get into a routine

Getting back into a routine isn’t easy when you’ve had a summer full of fun and late nights. It’s hard to convince yourself and your kids that they need to go to sleep earlier and get up sometimes before the sun rises. And while a proper bedtime is important, preparing for school is much more than just your sleep schedule. Here are some ways you can easily get back into your routine:

  • Start your sleep schedule early. Get your children on a bedtime and wake-up schedule at least two weeks before school starts.

  • Establish a designated homework time and make sure your children give all of their attention to their assignments. Until school starts, have your children start reading books.

  • Create a family calendar and have your children help. Put all of your activities on the calendar and continue to do so all year.

  • Talk to your kids about their screen time rules and start to reduce their screen time before school starts. Also, make sure they know what is allowed during school days.

  • For more tips on getting back into your school routine, read our post: Tips to get your kids back into their routine.

Before the first day

As the big day approaches, you need to do more than just get into a new routine. You need to make a to-do list. Don’t be overwhelmed because your to-do list may overflow, but conquering that list will be well worth it when the first bell rings. So get your paper and pen ready, and start making your list, but don’t forget these things:

  • Visit the school and help your children get a feel for their new environment.

  • Share some stories about your school days with your children, and tell them about what they can expect on their first day.

  • Get the school supplies list and go shopping or pass it along to your LifeSquire if you don’t have time to shop.

  • Create a dedicated homework area that is free from distractions and has all the supplies your child will need.

  • Determine what you need for after-school care. LifeSquire provides school transports so that you won’t have to leave work. If you need a babysitter or after school program, you should research and get that scheduled quickly.

  • Establish rules and locations for their school items. Have them put their lunchboxes, backpacks, sports equipment, shoes, and other items in designated areas.

  • Hire a tutor to help your child navigate through homework time and strengthen weak areas. We recommend Matchless Learning for all of your tutoring needs.

  • Go through their closets and donate items they have outgrown. Replace the discarded articles of clothing with new ones that they may need for the year. Once you get the new items, make sure their closet is color coordinated.

  • Create a budget for back-to-school shopping and make sure you stick to it when you shop.

Making days easier

The day to day will often be a struggle. Each morning, you will never know how you will start your day, your kids will have days that they won’t want to go to school, they will get sick, or they may be so tired they take extra-long to get ready. It’s easier to make it through these unexpected situations by planning. Here are some ways you can make the school days easier:

  • Teach your kids how to prioritize their homework assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines. Forgotten assignments will be a thing of the past.

  • Have your children pick out their outfits for the next day before bed.

  • Get copies of the school lunch menu and decide what days you will be packing lunches.

  • Prepare school lunches and snacks the night before. If you need tips on how to do this efficiently, read Lunch Bites: Tips and Tricks to Make School Lunches Simple.

  • Go through old homework assignments once a month and discard unneeded work.

  • Talk openly with your kids about school. Let them express things they love and their worries without judgment.

  • Keep night lights, white noise machines, and fans in your children’s rooms for those sleepless nights.

  • Encourage school involvement in after-school activities such as clubs and sports.

If you’d rather spend the last few weeks soaking up your free time with your kiddos, (we totally understand) LifeSquire can run your errands and pick up the supplies you need.  We can also handle a lot of your projects so that you have more time to focus on your family. For more information on personal assistant service, email us at info@lifesquire.com.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialis

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School Tips

10 tips to make this school year easier for you and the kids.