Smart Back-to-School Tips

Posted on 07 Aug, 2017

What’s the best way to help your child thrive at school? Give yourself an A+ if you know it’s by building a solid foundation at home. Studies show factors such as healthy habits, regular routines and parental support contribute to better academic performance.

Of course, during the school year, staying organized and keeping schedules running smoothly can be a challenge for any family. The good news is that some easy tips can help. Whether your child is starting pre-K or heading off to college, here are some end-of-summer back-to-school tips to help your kids achieve success.

Ease Back into a Routine
Establishing a solid school routine will help school days go much smoother, but begin to transition from the lazy days of summer before school starts. Follow normal bedtimes and set morning alarms a week or so in advance to avoid first-day-of-school mayhem. If older kids drive to school, have them practice their morning commute, especially if the time or destination has changed. Secretly, they’ll be grateful.

Create a “Takeoff Zone”
Specify a single place to put car keys, backpacks, school projects, jackets or athletic gear each day. Whether it’s a cubby or a small table in your entry, make sure your child has a place to keep items needed for each school day. This can help make the mornings a little less rushed.

Designate a Homework Space
A set homework space can make it easier and more fun for young children to complete assignments at home. Choose a workspace that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study. Make sure there is plenty of light, school supplies like pens, markers or a calculator and room to work. Many homes at Aliento feature the option of an office or den, which can also be easily turned into a homework space.

Fill in a Family Calendar
This can be a fun project for you and your kids to do together. Opt for a big wall calendar or even a chalkboard, but fill in important school dates, athletic events and extracurricular activities.

Plan Together Time
Carve out time with your children to have fun together. Hit the trails surrounding Aliento for an evening of stargazing, or enjoy a picnic on the lawn at The Terrace. The key is to enjoy doing something together.

Take Time for Yourself
A quick coffee break. A dip in the pool at The Terrace. Or a DIY spa treatment. Even if it’s only a few minutes after the kids go to bed, take time for yourself. When you’re rested and less stressed, your children will be, too.

A home environment that promotes learning and well-being will help your child have a greater chance of becoming the best student he or she can be.

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