In Western countries, international schools and some schools in the Philippines, it’s the time of the year when kids and parents are both frantic and excited as the never ending torturous school days are about to start. In fact, when Raviv was still going to his old school, it is usually at this time that I start bugging Randy to shop for Raviv’s new school stuff. (since his school was unoficially the toddler school arm of Brent, it follows the Western schools’ schedules).
Yes, the party is over and the uphill battle of getting them back into the school business is about to begin. The task is surely not an easy one and can take more of your effort and time than you expected. Since kids are prone to spending a huge chunk of their time watching tv, browsing the internet, playing video games and watch more movies during the summer break, preparing them for the upcoming school days could be very frustrating and daunting for parents.
Here are five ways you can use to train your kids for school:
1. Reinstate School Routine
The best way to get your kids on the back-to-school routine is using the last weeks of summers training the kids to sleep early and get up at the same time every day. Altering the eating habits of your kid according to the times he/ she will eat during the school days also helps in getting you kid back on the track after a long break.
2. Kids’ Engagement In the School Prep
In order to motivate your kids to be all excited about going back to school, you need to do more than just fixing their daily routine. Kids’ engagement while preparing for school has always been helpful in reinforcing the importance of education. You need to involve your kids while shopping for the back-to-school equipment. As kids of today’s age enjoy spending more time on the internet than outside then online shopping of their favorite back-to-school essentials can be a fun activity you can do with your kids. A number of local and international online stores and marketplaces such as Kaymu, eShopping, Amazon and many others offer a wide range of back to school stuff for kids at the most competitive prices.
3. Create a time table with your kids
You need to take out a calendar and create a weekly schedule with your kids that includes chores, activities including sports, swimming, homework, watching TV, weekend plans, after school plans etc.
4. Rush to the library
If your kid hasn’t developed the habit of reading books yet than now is the right time to change that. Go for the books he might be interested in, set a time so that he reads a couple of pages regularly, and have detailed discussions with him about the books he has read. Look for libraries that offer fun learning activities for kids such as puppet shows, reading hours etc.
5. Be your kids’ motivation
Remember, whatever you do, kids follow. So your behavior and actions have an impact on your kid’s life. Children look up to their parents more than anyone, so parents have a huge responsibility of setting the right example for their kids to follow. Whether it’s limiting the use of cell phones, cutting down on the movies or going to bed early, kids catch up instantly. So if you want your kids to kickstart their schools with a healthier lifestyle, try leading by example.
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