Back To School – Part 2. Preparation: It’s Not Too Late

The countdown is on!  School is getting closer.  This week our suggestions are for parents who are looking for simple steps on how to get their kids ready for the new school year.  Parents may be worried that they haven’t done enough yet to prepare their kids for the start of the school year.  But don’t worry, it’s not too late to get your little ones in back to school shape (and it’s certainly better late than never).

This week, in part 2 “Summer Brain Drain,” Elaine makes  some great suggestions on how you can ease your kids back into the routine of school and other “educational” type activities without them even knowing it. The following two parts will address strategies to make getting the kids back to school stress-free.

It’s never too late to implement a summer reading program.

1)    Even at the end of August, act to prevent summer “brain drain.”

–       Summer learning loss typically equals at least one month of instruction.

–       Identify appropriate reading material for the upcoming grade level.

–       Have child read at least 20 minutes a day and discuss it with you.

–       Create a reading and homework-friendly environment.

2)    Use tools that will get kids excited and interested in school.

–       Take them back-to-school shopping with you.

–       Encourage them to write a list and create a budget.

–       Find other interactive tools like READS Homework Helper.

Back to school routine starts now

One of the toughest parts of adjusting to the new school year is handling routine and structure. Getting kids back into routines will have them acclimated and help them get off to a strong start.

3)    Establish a routine now to get kids ready for the school year.

–       Start to implement routine wake-up and bed times.

–       Wean kids off TV and video and back into books.

–       Get your kids back into structured activities (Example: sports)

Anything that will help your kids get ready for back to school is worth looking into. Our reading comprehension tool, READS, includes 30 question cards along with supporting material to make sure kids have comprehended what they’ve read.

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Elaine Meyers Founder, READS Homework Helper

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