Preparing To Go Back To School: Creating a Family Routine

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 26, 2015 4:59:41 PM

Educators, families, neighborhoods, stores and schools can work together to generate excitement about back to school. Using these simple strategies can make returning to school a memorable event.

Post a Family Calendar

Organizing information on a calendar offers a two-fold purpose. A visual picture lets everyone know when important dates are. For young children, a monthly calendar can also teach them how to read the days of the week. Utilizing a calendar management system is an important and useful lifeskill.

Designate a Bedtime and Stick To It

Kids benefit from a regular bedtime. Research indicates that lack of sleep is one of the causes of academic difficulties. Well rested children and teens do better on tests and in school! Parents and teachers benefit from getting enough rest, too.

Prepare School Lunch Recipes and Write Them On Index Cards

Busy families can save precious time and money by creating a lunch recipe book, prior to the start of school. Kids can help by writing the ingredients on an index card and drawing a picture of it. Technology savvy youngsters can even take photos of the food and add them to the cards. At the start of the week, families can use the recipe cards to create a grocery shopping list. This can save time. Clipping and using coupons for the items also saves money.

Be Informed: Know the Standards and Expectations For Your Child’s Grade Level

It is also helpful to know the standards for the grade levels before and after. Share this information with your child so that they know what to expect. Having clear expectations begets success. Working as a team, educators, families and students can meet educational goals. The Common Common State Standards for grades K-12 can be found online. Visit Common Core for more information.

The Common Core State Standards provide a guide that informs parents and educators of what students are expected to learn for each grade level. In addition to the Common Core State Standards, each state in the United States has developed educational standards for every grade level. Parents should check the state standards specific to their state. Students should have mastery of the standards in their current grade level by the end of the academic year.

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