Summer is coming to an end and that can only mean one thing! School is just around the corner (if you haven’t started already!). This is the season for backpacks, lunchboxes, and learning galore. For many students this is an exciting time of year. Students wonder who their new teacher is going to be and they get to see friends that they may not have seen all summer long. There is no question that getting ready to head back to school is one of the busiest times of the year.
For the unprepared, back to school time can be a stressful one. The professional tutors at The Reading Clinic would like to offer some advice to parents on some great ways to prepare for the new school year:
- Rest Up: Summertime can mean late nights and a varied schedule. Without the need to get up daily for school children’s sleep patterns often shift in the summer. Don’t wait until the last minute to get back on track. Get your child back to their school year sleep schedule at least a week before school starts. This will ensure your child is rested and ready to go when the school bell rings.
- Go Through Old Clothes: Summer time is for shorts, swimsuits, and lots of play clothes. Many of the school year’s fashions have been forgotten. Dig those clothes out early and see what you’ve got. Weed out the old clothes that do not fit anymore and salvage the ones that you can. School shopping can be stressful and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you get started now!
- Shop Early: Every place is loaded with back-to-school supplies but they won’t last long. Get out there early to get the best selection of tools for your child (and can also get you some great deals).
- Food Rush: Make sure you stock up the house the week before school with healthy snacks and lunches for school. The morning of is too late to find time to stop and get your child something on the way to school (and much more expensive). Prepare food the night before and label it to make that morning transition as smooth as possible.
- Create A Work Space: With school comes homework and in order to ensure your child’s success they will need a space to work. Many children will sit down in front of the T.V. or lay on their bed to work if given their choice. Distractions do not make for great academic success. Creating a space for your child to do work will help your child maintain focus and give them the tools they need to succeed.
Back-to-school is a special time for both students and parents. It is a new chapter in a child’s life as well as a new set of challenges. These new challenges may become overwhelming for some children. It is important to remember, The Reading Clinic is here to help! If your child begins to fall behind or just needs a little extra push visit us and learn more about the individualized academic tutoring programs we offer to all our families.
The countdown to school has officially begun. Best of luck to all the families on the new school year from The Reading Clinic!