Written by Jasmine
It’s that time of year again, the smell of learning is in the air and the sound of school bells can be heard ‘round the world!! Some students in the greater Rochester area have already been in class for a few days now, but for most tomorrow is the big day!
Here’s a list of helpful tips for all parents to take on the 2019-2020 school year like a boss!
Establish a morning routine. Wake your child up at the same time everyday and make sure they have a healthy breakfast every morning. If your child is older, get them in the habit of using an alarm clock so they can start taking responsibility for their own morning routine.
Get your child’s yearly checkup. It’s no secret that your child will come in contact with various new germs this school year, so get them a proper check up and all required vaccinations before the first day. Also, consult your pediatrician on ways to keep your child healthy all year.
Shop for school supplies together. This gets children excited to start a new school year! Allowing students to choose their own backpacks, lunch boxes, folders, etc. helps them establish responsibility for their belongings as well!
Pick out clothes the night before. Get your child into the habit of planning ahead and avoid any morning routine panic by having your child’s outfit prepared.
Pack a healthy lunch the night before. See above.
Set up a homework station. Designate a specific time and location where your child can read and work on homework assignments with limited or no distractions. It is important that you choose a time where you are available in case your child needs your help.
Set aside dedicated screen-free time. Many children spend a lot of time during their summers in front of televisions, video games, tablets, phones, etc. During this screen free time, encourage them to read or talk to you about their day.
Establish an after-school routine. Make a plan as to where your child will go after the school day is done.
Develop a back-up plan. Unexpected things are bound to happen throughout the year, especially during flu season. Have a sitter lined up in case your child has to miss school or leave early without notice.
Establish a bedtime routine. Make sure your child gets enough sleep to be alert and ready to learn in class. Its is recommended that children 3-5 years old need 11-13 hours of sleep, children 6-10 years old need 10-11 hours of sleep and teens and tweens aged 10-17 years old need about 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep per night.
I can’t wait to see all your first day of school pics on Facebook and Instagram LOL!