After the excitement and nervousness of starting a new school or a new
grade has worn off, the new clothes have become old friends and your student
is feeling more settled and at home, it’s time to start some new
back-to-school traditions. New habits only take a couple of weeks to instill,
but they will mean a happier home life and a better academic performance.
Here are some back to school traditions that will help you and your students
to have a wonderful semester.
Smooth Morning Routines
Get your family together and ask them to write down the things that they
don’t enjoy about your morning routine. Perhaps they would like
more bathroom time, or maybe they don’t like to rush in the mornings;
whatever their gripes, write them down in a list.
As a family, find ways in which you can reduce the stress of morning routines.
This means being more organized. If bathroom time is an issue, set out
a schedule so that everyone has a fair amount of time. You can move hair
and makeup to a different room so that the bathroom is free for showering.
If you don’t like rushing in the morning, get your students to start
packing their bags and laying out their clothing the night before.
Make a lunch menu that everyone can enjoy and share out morning chores
so that everyone has the same amount of stuff to do. If one of your students
is a better morning person, they may want to take on more responsibility
and chores in the morning and have a free evening.
Knowing where you are going makes it so much easier to navigate. Get each
of your students to set out clear academic goals for the year. You should
provide incentives for the achievement of those goals in the form of rewards.
Work with your student’s teacher and tutor to ensure that the goals
are realistic. Short term and long-term goals will give a sense of accomplishment.
After School Activities
Discuss what activities your students wish to do after school and ensure
that they have a healthy balance of work and activity. Try to encourage
activities outside of their comfort zone so that they can meet new friends
and get active. Sports help to foster friendships, teach discipline and
teamwork and keep your students healthy and active while creative activities
help relieve stress and develop higher cognitive functions.
Starting fun back-to-school traditions will mean that your students have
set goals, rewards to look forward to and fun activities to anticipate.
A little planning at the start of the semester will mean everyone develops
habits that help to make this the best academic year ever.