by Elizabeth Loeser
Welcome to the new school year — a time when children and parents share one of the most difficult annual traditions (and transitions) in the family routine. With these helpful tips from Tutoring Club, St. Johns, you can be prepared for when summer fun fades and the structure of the fall schedule takes over. Get your child off to a great start by making back to school more fun and less stressful for the entire family.
SET EXPECTATIONS: Children thrive on predictable outcomes – by establishing a to-do list, you are including them in the preparation and will know what to expect.
ESTABLISH ROUTINES: Children should have a set bed time and bedtime routine each night both during the school year as well as the summer. Well-rested children are much more successful in school.
CHECK SCHOOL WEB SITES: Many school systems have classroom web pages where teachers may list important information regarding the start of the school year.
CENTRALIZE THE CALENDAR: Create your family calendar right away to make sure everyone knows the schedule between school, sports, activities, parties and trips.
PLAN MEALTIME: If your family meal habits changed over the summer, begin scheduling mealtimes to mimic the school year. Be sure all members of the family eat a healthy breakfast.
TO DO’S YOU DO TOGETHER: Get ready for back to school with your children, not for them, by including them in the process of getting ready and being prepared.
CHECK PAST PERFORMANCE: Look back at your child’s report card and determine if he or she needs an academic boost going into the new school year. Tutoring Club St. Johns has helped hundreds of students get ahead in a difficult subject, which helps them transition more easily.
COMMUNICATE TO EASE ANXIETY: Whether it’s a first grader or a teen, back to school anxiety is a fairly common problem. Talk with your child to make sure he or she feels prepared emotionally and otherwise.
MAKE IT FUN AND MEMORABLE: Back to school should be a moment in your child’s life that is positive, fun, and memorable.
Tutoring Club St. Johns provides tutoring, EOC Review, SAT/ACT prep and scholarship and admissions services for students of all ages in St. Johns County. To prepare your child for academic success in the new school year or to inquire about scholarship and admission services, call Elizabeth Loeser at 904-230-2855.