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7 Back to School Prep Tips for Parents

1. REINTRODUCE BEDTIMES AND WAKE-UP TIMES

Poor sleeping habits can have an impact on student performance, so the sooner you get your child on a
regular sleep schedule, the better. Starting the school year will be easier for you and your child, and will
help avoid morning—and evening—rushes.

2. MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE READING AND WRITING A LITTLE EVERY DAY

Reading and writing helps get children’s minds working and helps keep their brains sharp. Getting back
into the habit of reading and writing a bit each day will help maintain school skills like penmanship and
vocabulary so your child can start the school year strong.

3. LIMIT SCREEN TIME DURING AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS

During the school year, after-school hours should be reserved for homework and extra-curricular
activities. Start getting into this routine in the weeks leading up to school. The sooner kids turn off the
TV and turn on their minds during this timeframe, the less of a hassle homework will be during the
school year.

4. GET AN ALARM CLOCK

For children who can tell time, an alarm clock can help them develop time management and
organization skills they’ll need during the school year. This will help kids take ownership of their
activities and help avoid rushed mornings.

5. BEGIN TALKING ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL

Start counting down the days together. Preparation can help make the transition back to class much
less stressful and difficult for students. Talking about the upcoming school year can help kids manage
expectations, set goals, and prepare.

6. TAKE A TOUR OF YOUR CHILD’S NEW SCHOOL

If your child is starting at a new school, it can be intimidating. Getting to know the way around helps
lessen school-related anxiety and boost confidence. Take a tour of the new school, find out teachers’
names, the location of classrooms, and where the bathrooms are located.

7. BUY NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Being prepared with the right supplies is an important part of performing well in school. New supplies
also hold a certain magic for getting kids excited about hearing the school bell ring again.