Starting The Year Out On The Good Foot-Survival Guide




When school starts up, life can get a little crazy.  The sooner you and your family adjust, the better off you all will be.   Here are some short and quick tips on how to get organized and help prepare for another school year.

  1. Set your kids’ sleep schedule back to “School Time” one/two weeks before the first day of school and enforce it.
  2. Let your kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they are excited about.
  3. Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.
  4. Refresh your rules about media time for the school year.  What’s allowed and when?
  5. Establish a set “Family Time,” whether it’s during dinner or before bed.
  6. Determine how long it takes them to do assignments to help with time management.
  7. Use a timer to get your kids used to focusing for specific periods of time,
  8. Give your kids a short break after each assignment they finish.
  9. Set a regular alarm/time each day that signals the start of homework time.
  10. Discuss what your kids can expect on the first day so that they feel more prepared.
  11. Go to open-house and get to know your kids teacher and school.
  12. Establish a specific “homework area” with no distractions (TVs).
  13. Have your kids set realistic goals for the new year, such as reading 30 books.
  14. Model good behavior by doing your own work/projects while your kids do homework.
  15. Have your kids pack their book bag (homework) and lay out their school clothes for the next school day.
  16. Set your clock forward 10 minutes.  This is a good way to be on time.
  17. Schedule 30 minutes for “you time” each day.
  18. Create a rewards system for when they meet goals and help around the house.
  19. Take a breath!



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Ashley V.

One day I woke up, married...two daughters...and third on the way, and I decided to write! I am a Florida A&M University graduate; currently seeking my Master's degree in Reading and Literacy. I am a high school Reading teacher. I am underpaid, over-loved, overwhelmed, overjoyed, and often in-over-my-head!

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