As you transition your child back into a school routine, here are some tips from our CEO on how to do this effectively.
School Routine Tips
1. Establish A Homework Hour
Have a set time for your kids to complete their homework everyday.
Consistency is especially helpful and important for younger kids. With older kids, I like to encourage parents to give them a little more independence in choosing when their homework hour (or half hour) will be. My kids are 17 and 15. My daughter likes to do homework before bed around 8 and my son likes to do it as soon as he gets home so it’s not hanging over his head. I tell them to choose an hour between 3 and 8pm.
2. Get Organized
When kids are in school, those mornings can get very busy! Perfecting a school morning routine can be crucial to success!
Have your kids pick out their clothes the night before.
If they’re having breakfast at home with you as opposed to school, know in advance what they will be eating so you don’t have to waste time on the guesswork.
For older kids, let them know their options. I have a bin in one of our cabinets especially for breakfast food that my teenagers know they can choose from before they head out.
3. Set Goals
As the school year gets underway, have your child set goals.
Studies show that when things are written down, they are much more likely to be achieved. For younger kids, maybe they want to place within the top 3 at the school science fair and for older kids, maybe they want to keep a 90 or above in all of their classes.
Here are some additional tips for parents:
– Parents should establish a relationship with the child’s teacher early on! Here’s a great resource on how to do this!
– Parents should create an atmosphere of positivity and be their child’s biggest supporter because encouragement goes a long way in increasing a child’s confidence! Increased confidence = better students!
Natalie Mangrum is the founder and CEO of Maryland Teacher Tutors. She is a reading specialist with a bachelors in elementary education and masters in education. As a parent to two young adults, and prior teacher, Natalie knows all too well the benefits of one-on-one tutoring and coaching for students. Her mission is to ensure that every aspect of MTT is done in a spirit of excellence! She enjoys alleviating the concerns of parents so they can breathe easy knowing their children are in good hands!