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5 Way to Ease Your Kids into Back to School Mode

posted: 08/16/18
by: Amanda Mushro
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The lazy days of summer are coming to an end, and the hustle and bustle of the school year is coming in fast. So if you and your kids have full on summer-brain, here's four ways to ease everyone out of summer mode and transition your family back into the groove of school.

  1. Get back on school time- While staying up late, sleeping in, and getting way too much screen time are summer rites of passage, school schedules can quickly become a nightmare for you and your kids. So starting today until the big yellow bus comes to pick them up, ease them back into earlier bedtimes, a wakeup time closer to school days, and taking breaks from screen time. Easing into this schedule will help your kids change over from summer to school mode.
  2. Get Excited Over Supplies- Break out the school supply list and take your kids with you to grab all the pencils, notebooks, and crayons they will need this school year. Let your kids get excited over personalizing their new gear. It can be tedious and expensive grabbing all the clothes and supplies they will need for school, but if you have a great attitude about back to school shopping--so will your kids.
  3. Plan Ahead- Help your kids look forward to the school months by marking your calendars with important dates. It may be a fun field trip, a quick family getaway, or even their favorite sport or after school activity starting up again. Help your kids get excited by looking at all the fun and wonderful days they have ahead.
  4. Setup a Study Center- If you've been slacking on summer reading and homework for a few months, don't be too hard on yourself. You still have time to switch over your kid's brain from the summer slide to a summer scholar. Ramp up their reading with books your already have or make a trip to the library. Find a few worksheets online that will help wake up their brains and remind them of what they learned last school year. No need to go overboard, but encouraging school like activities will help get them into school mode. The end of summer is also a great time to create a study center that your child can use all summer to read and complete homework. Let them find comfy seating, shelves, and supplies that will help them personalize their study space.