Back to school time is approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about the transition. Time to start putting away the summertime sleeping in and late bedtimes, the snacking at will, and other summer freedoms.
Tips for Transitioning from Home Schedule to School Schedule: Organization
Good organization is key to transitioning from a home schedule to school schedule. As lazy summer days give way to structured school days, the kids need to move from bed to breakfast to the door with supplies in hand in time to make the opening bell.
A thorough pre-school opening house cleaning and organization of the children’s rooms will facilitate this transition. Use hooks, racks and shelves to provide specific storage space for the items children going back to school will need to take with them each day such as backpacks and lunch boxes.
With young children, missing shoes can be a plague when it’ time to walk out the door in the morning, so having a consistent place to store shoes at night is critical.
Establishing the homework routine before school starts is also important if the children are to make a succsessful transition from the summer to school schedule. A consistent place to do homework and its immediate return to the backpack once complete will bypass the last minute morning rummage for missing homework.
Coat, hat and mitten hooks consistently used by the front door will also help kids to maintain their successful transition to the school schedule once colder weather sets in.
Finally, a memo board or calendar by the front door will help everyone keep track of special school requirements that vary on a daily basis whether it’s returning a form, sending in lunch money or bringing a musical instrument.
Tips for Transitioning from Home Schedule to School Schedule: Routine
Hand in hand with organization to promote the transition from summer schedule to school schedule goes a routine. Will lunches be made the night before or in the morning?
Will all homework be completed the night before or will some be left for morning?
The back to school routine might also include checking the closet each night to ensure no “nothing to wear” morning surprises!
Plan the morning routine. Will breakfast precede getting dressed and brushing teeth, for example? Morning shower? Once you’ve planned the order of the necessary morning tasks, stick to them. A routine will make it easier for kids to transition from a summer schedule to a school schedule.
Tips for Transitioning from Home Schedule to School Schedule: Bedtime
In making the transition from a summer schedule to a school schedule, kids will generally need to start going to bed earlier. This is best done in stages beginning a week or two before school starts, so the kids have acclimated to the new schedule by the time school opens.
Tips for Transitioning from Home Schedule to School Schedule: Wake-up Time
Like bedtime, transitioning to an earlier and consistent wake-up time can be a challenge for kids headed back to school. Set the alarm and get them up just as if they were headed to school those last few weeks of summer. Follow the morning routine for showering, dressing, brushing teeth and eating breakfast just as if school were in session.
Tips for Transitioning from Home Schedule to School Schedule: Eating Times
Giving up the freedom to eat what they want when they want within the constraints of family snack rules can make the transition to a back to school schedule difficult. Hungry kids often become whiny kids. Get the kids back in the habit of a big breakfast and lunch with only a small snack ( if the school has snack time) either mid-morning or in the early afternoon.
This little bit of organization in the last weeks of summer can pay off handsomely in facilitating a smooth transition to the back to school schedule.
Source: personal experience