Getting ready for back to school takes time and some planning. This school year empower your student by writing a list of things that need to happen for a successful school schedule. Include things like how much time is needed for sleep and suggested bedtimes. Develop a plan for activities prior to bedtime. Simply things like brushing teeth, organizing clothing for the next day, making lunches,snacks, and who might be responsible for organizing and packing a backpack should be addressed.
Begin early with resetting a school schedule. Have your students practice making a lunch and a snack prior to going to bed. Read a book together a little earlier every night and tuck him or her in with a kiss. Work on your morning routines: getting up with an alarm, getting ready for the day. Provide many opportunities for students to make decisions about how they plan on getting ready for school and what they might need to do to have a successful evenings and mornings. Develop systems that work for the whole family and practice and adjust the plan.
My family and I like to develop checklists of things to do for successful evenings and mornings. After we agree on what needs to be accomplished we hang the list on the refrigerator so that every family member knows what is expected.
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