The lazy days of summer provide a relaxing getaway from the rigors of the school year, but they can also make it a challenge to jump back into the routine when fall hits. Make the transition easier on kids by slowly moving back to a school bedtime and setting the alarm a little earlier each morning. A gradual phase-in of the school schedule is often easier for kids to handle.
Organize a Study Space
When children come home from the classroom, it’s homework time. Make sure this time is as productive and efficient as possible, by creating a designated homework space in the home. Younger children may need a place to work that is near a parent, so they can easily get help with assignments. Room at the kitchen table or in a corner of the family room may be the perfect space. Older children usually prefer to study in a quiet spot like a bedroom or office. Stock the homework station with necessary supplies like pencils, crayons, paper, scissors and glue sticks. Make sure there is proper lighting and a comfortable chair to make the time in that space as pleasant as possible. Older children may appreciate their own whiteboard or bulletin board to post homework assignments and reminders about upcoming tests and projects.
Re-Train the Brain
After two or three months of watching television and playing at the pool, most kids need a jumpstart to get their thinking skills up to par. Fortunately, exercising the brain doesn’t have to be as dull as completing worksheets at the kitchen table on a balmy summer afternoon. Instead, make brain training a fun prospect, by incorporating the following activities into your summer days: