1. Get into a regular sleep routine. Many kids stay up later during the summer months. Have kids go to bed earlier so they can get enough sleep and get used to waking up in time for school.
2. Eat healthier. Teacher Jason Splain said many kids drink more sodas, eat more ice cream, and candy during the summer. Eating healthier will help their brains concentrate better and help their growing bodies.
3. Refresh math skills. Principal Alison Tanner said that math skills tend to drop during the summer break. Ms. Tanner suggests having kids do 5 minutes of math daily at least a week or even a few days before school starts to refresh their neural pathways. You can find some math exercises online at http://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/
4. Read with your kids. Ms. Tanner suggests reading 5-10 minutes per day will help improve their reading skills before they start back up.
5. Discuss the positive things about school. Talk to your children about the positive aspects about being in school such as seeing old friends, making new friends, and new things they will learn.
6. Visit the school and discuss their schedule. Take kids to the school before it starts so they can see where their classroom is and who their new teacher will be. Discuss their schedule when their drop off and pick up times will occur. If they walk to school, see which kids can walk with them so they know they will have a friend or two to go with. Kids thrive when they know there is a routine.
7. Leave a note. Let them know you are thinking of them by leaving a note in their lunch or backpack. Kids love to be thought of!
Thanks for reading and feel free to share! Have an awesome week!
Heather Severn, LMFT & Coach
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