With a new school year starting, many parents are wondering how they can help their kids make the transition from a fun and relaxed summer into the more demanding schedule of returning to school. Fortunately, with a little preplanning and a few simple tips, you can make this transition as easy as possible.
While summer is traditionally a time when kids tend to stay up late and enjoy sleeping in, it’s important to help kids get their sleep schedule back on track. The amount of sleep your child needs will depend on their age as well as their own unique needs. Generally, a child who is 3 to 6 years old will need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep per day. Children 7 to 12 years old need approximately 10 to 11 hours per day, and 12 to 18 year olds require about 8 to 9 hours. Take a look at your child’s schedule and calculate what time they need to be in bed in order to ensure they get enough sleep. A couple of weeks before school starts, gradually move bedtime and wake up time into alignment with their approaching school schedule.
Many schools offer an orientation or a meet the teacher event prior to the first day of school. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to get a feel for their new school or classroom teacher. You’ll also be able to find out what school supplies are required if you attend an orientation session. Helping your child be prepared and organized for the first day of school can help ease back to school jitters.
Homeowners should pay close attention to their local school boundary lines; keep in mind that these boundaries sometimes change. If your child is going to a new school, make sure to take care of enrollment early. If you have recently purchased real estate in a new school district, arrange for enrollment and transportation, if necessary.