5 Simple Ways to Have a Successful School Year

As summer winds down and the new school year begins, this season can be both exciting and a bit nerve-racking for kids and parents alike. We’re sharing five simple, yet helpful things you can do with your child to encourage comfort and confidence this upcoming school year. 

1. Build a Routine That Works for You

Transitioning from summer days back to school schedules can be challenging. Building a realistic and manageable morning routine will help everyone complete essential tasks before heading out the door. 

If possible, practice setting the alarm clock and going through your morning routine before the school year begins. Routines often help children feel more comfortable, and establishing one beforehand will help make those first days less stressful. 

2. Create Sustainable Organization Habits

It’s important to establish an area for your child to study at home. This area should be quiet, distraction-free, and clutter-free.

School supplies should be easily accessible when it’s time for homework. Designating an area for textbooks and notebooks will keep them handy. Consider establishing a filing system for important papers, too – this will come in handy once it’s time to review for a big test. 

3. Hack the Backpack

Backpacks are an often under-utilized tool for school. Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back to ensure your child is safe and comfortable. 

Use all of the compartments in your child’s backpack to help with organization, and pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. Try to make a habit of going through the backpack with your child weekly, removing any unnecessary items to keep it light. 

4. Build Good Study Habits Early On

Some children may need extra homework help. Checklists, timers, and parental support and supervision can help overcome any potential obstacles. 

A homework-friendly environment should be established as soon as possible. Children often benefit from using a quiet, consistent workspace.

Ample and realistic homework time should be a priority when creating after-school schedules. Taking steps to ease eye, neck, and brain fatigue while studying can help encourage positive homework habits. It’s okay to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and reset before resuming the task at hand. 

5. Practice and Anticipate

The ability to think ahead and create a plan is tough for many children. Take the time to talk with your child about the upcoming school year. What are they excited about? Are they feeling nervous about anything? 

Fear is a normal reaction to times of transition. Brainstorm potential strategies and solutions to help them feel better prepared for school. You can even practice a strategy or scenario together ahead of time to help build your child’s confidence. 

Closing Thoughts

Back-to-school is an exciting time for many families. Incorporating simple strategies to ease the transition can help ensure your child has a successful school year.

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