If yours is like most families, you have probably spent the first half of the summer enjoying the break from school and routine. Many treat these 3 months as precious time to become reacquainted with vacations, special events, and relaxed schedules. Now, as we spy the end of summer and the beginning of another academic year barreling down upon us, you should begin to ease your children back into the school routine.
If you are looking for a less painful transition back to school, start slowly by adding structure back into your children’s days. With a week of summer left, begin implementing small changes to bedtimes and morning wake-up calls (Increments of 15 minutes every few days will help bodies and attitudes adjust.). You can also start to structure their waking hours with more directed and educational activities.
Return to the Learning Routine
In addition to readjusting kids’ bodies to the clock, we often have to reintroduce them to the routine of learning. Whether we intend to or not, most American families take the summertime off from learning, resulting in a significant learning loss each summer, but parents can alleviate this problem. As you ease your children back into the school routine, lessen their time in front of the television and the computer. Set aside time daily for reading, and model that positive behavior for your children by reading in front of them. Engage your kids in daily activities that build their skills; based on age and learning needs, children can help create shopping lists, read recipes and measure ingredients, and read signs and navigate directions on car trips. By incorporating interaction and hands-on learning into daily tasks, parents can build positive relationships with their children and keep their minds active, ready for the academic year.
Pack in a Last Few Outings
Make the most of the last few weeks of summer by scheduling several educational outings. Consider a trip to Powers Museum, a tour of the Carthage Courthouse, or a visit to the Carthage Public Library.
Planning for the end of summer and adjusting your routines can better our Carthage Tigers for the year to come!