- We have started getting back on a schedule. During the summer we tend to be a little more lenient with bed times. No longer, we have started getting our kids to bed at a "school friendly hour." The best way to make the adjustment is to put your kids to bed 15-20 minutes earlier every few days until you are back on track. If they have been going to bed at 8, put them to bed at 7:40 tomorrow. Then in two days put them to bed at 7:20, etc... Its okay if they don't go to bed immediately. Quietly resting in bed will work also. By the time school starts they will be ready to go.
- The same goes for getting up. This applies to us and our kids. If you want to simplify your family's school mornings, get up before your kids. This way you don't have to rush and you can give your kids your full attention. Remember, getting everyone out the door with ease sets the tone for the rest of the day.
- Whether you have kept up with reading and school work over the summer or not, start reviewing. Give your children a head start by refreshing their memories. Spend a few minutes each day doing school work over the next two weeks. Simple things like math problems, writing ABC"s and reading will get their minds moving again. It will also help them adjust to siting in their seats and concentrating on a task.
- Spend an hour in your kids closet. Don't get caught off guard. Make sure their jeans still fit before the first day of school. Plus you will save money by not buying things they don't need.
- Make sure your kids know their address and phone number. Once school starts they are not by our side 24/7. You hope they never have to use them but you never know.
Tomorrow we are going to make these great phone number bracelets to help them learn and remember. We are going to make 2 and put our address on one also. Not only will it be a fun craft, but we will be learning as we go. You can get the supplies at your local craft store. ***Just to clarify, the plan is to wear the bracelets around the house, not actually to school. Especially the address bracelet.***
We have also been singing our phone number. I pulled out the oldest cassette tape you have ever seen tonight. "The Safety Kids." Did you ever listen to them? My brother and I used to sing The Safety Kids songs for hours. Sad to admit, but I can still sing all of them.
They have the perfect phone number song. I found it on YouTube for you. Sound familiar?
The start of the school year can be a big adjustment. Make it easier by settling into your routine early.
THINK THE BRACELET WILL WORK?
DO YOU REMEMBER THE SAFETY KIDS?