HKQ Kids

Preparing for Back to School

As summer comes to an end, it’s hard to believe we are looking at back-to-school season. Planning ahead can help your kids get back into the swing of school again, without missing a beat.

  • Getting enough rest is extremely important. Set your kids’ back-to-school sleep schedule 1-2 weeks before school actually starts. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier can be very difficult for students. Get them acclimated before school starts again.
  • Refresh everyone’s memories about screen time -- television, phone and tablet -- during school. Make sure your kids are clear on what is allowed and what is not allowed – and hold firm.
  • Develop a schedule of what their day will look like and help them manage it with apps like iHomework or MyHomeWork. Let your kids choose a planner they will be excited to use.
  • Teach your kids how to prioritize and schedule their activities.
  • If it’s a new school, visit the school ahead of time with your kids, so they are comfortable on the first day. Make sure they are aware of any walking paths and bus routes. Drive or walk the route a few times with your kids.
  • Include your kids in back-to-school shopping for their clothes and their school supplies.
  • Create a dedicated area for your kids to do their homework. Remove any distractions such as TVs and games from those areas.
  • Encourage after-school activities to keep kids entertained, but not so many that is becomes overwhelming to manage.
  • Pack school bags, gym bags and lunches the night before. Keep a small emergency allowance in their backpacks, just in case.
  • Have backup transportation arranged, in case your kids miss their bus.
  • Use positive phrases, such as “You can go outside after you finish your homework,” as opposed to “You’re not going anywhere until your work is done”.
  • Keep an open line of communication with your kids’ teachers and reach out to them when your kids experience difficulties.

Remember, your kids take cues from you. So, stay calm, organized, and focused. And they will too. Happy Back to School Season from HKQ Kids.