Wednesday, January 30, 2013

back to school - TIPS FOR PARENTS

Back to School Party Ideas | Back to School Party Themes | Props include globe, apples, books and other small baubles

Healthy food helps learning ~ without a healthy breakfast, kids cannot concentrate and can become disruptive. A healthy lunch is just as important to help kids survive the afternoon.

Kids need help with homework ~ where possible create a set routine. Refuel with a healthy snack when the student get home. Then sit down together to complete the set tasks. As it gets later the children tend to get tired.

Proper sleep habits are critical ~ children are going to school tired after late nights. Parents can support good sleeping habits by enforcing mobile phones and social media are switched off at night. Ending screen time at least 30 minutes before bedtime and ensuring they are in bed at a regular time.

Children need help being organised ~ Being organised makes the day better for both children and teachers. Teachers appreciate a child who is organised. You can help kids get organised by:

+ Creating a family calendar so everyone can see what's on each week. For young children, use visual symbols.

+ Once at home, unpack your child's school bag together and discuss what is on for the next day. Get your child to put their school shoes in the same place every afternoon.

+ For the older children get them to unpack their bag and place lunch boxes and notes in the designated area.

+ Always pack the school bag and prepare the uniform the night before. I always get up before the kids and make their lunch while they are eating breakfast.

+ Ask your child question's such as, 'What do you need tomorrow?'

source ~ Body and Soul

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