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### Tips for Establishing Your School Routine

September18

As hard as it may be to believe, it’s that time of year again.  School is back in session and already has been for over a month in some

parts of the country.  As any concerned parent knows, one of the keys to a successful school year is getting things off to a good start by setting the right tone in the first couple of weeks.  That is why it is so important to establish a school routine early on in the year.  You may be shocked to learn that children actually crave routine.  Although they may look like chaotic bundles of energy, they like to know that things are going to happen in a certain order and on a certain schedule.  So provide that for them when they come home from school.  Here are some tips for establishing this routine.

• Set a standard time for going to bed and getting up.  This one may be the hardest for everyone involved including the parents.  But by setting a standard time for bed, you are helping to make sure that your child gets a good night’s rest which is crucial for exemplary grades and success during the school day.  This set bedtime can also help you reverse plan other pre-bedtime events such as dinner, baths, and bedtimes stories.  By extension, a set time for getting up helps to start the day off right with no rushing around madly to meet the school bus while wolfing down a quick breakfast.  Instead, it allows children to eat a wholesome morning meal that studies have shown is conducive to good learning.parts of the country.  As any concerned parent knows, one of the keys to a successful school year is getting things off to a good start by setting the right tone in the first couple of weeks.  That is why it is so important to establish a school routine early on in the year.  You may be shocked to learn that children actually crave routine.  Although they may look like chaotic bundles of energy, they like to know that things are going to happen in a certain order and on a certain schedule.  So provide that for them when they come home from school.  Here are some tips for establishing this routine.
• Allow for some after school down time.  Once your children are home  rom school, don’t insist that they jump right into homework.  Give them some time to decompress and blow off some steam with fun activities.  One way to bridge the gap between school and fun is with online math games that can help them stay mentally sharp with arcade style action.  Also, let them have a healthy snack during this time to reenergize them from the long day.
• Set aside a quiet zone and time for homework.  After they have had a chance to relax a little bit, now it’s time to start homework.  Always make sure you set aside a separate area for this with no distractions such as the Internet, games, or TV.  Kids will let the simplest things draw away their attention, so a seat at the kitchen table may be the safest bet.  Also, institute a quiet zone policy during this time so that siblings and even adults in the household no to respect them enough to let them work peacefully without providing a distraction.
• Leave the schoolwork for the weekdays.  Finally, one of the biggest suggestions is, whenever possible, leave the schoolwork for the weekdays.  Unless your child’s teacher specifically assigns homework on the weekend, try to get everything done during the week so that they can completely decompress on the weekend.  If your child has a major school project, then the weekend is an optimum time for this type of extended assignment.  Otherwise, use this time for activities and try to schedule in at least one family group activity such as a Family Game Night or Movie Night.

Keeping your child on a schedule is a difficult task.  Don’t feel overwhelmed if you go off schedule once in a while.  But maintaining this schedule as often as possible will give you the opportunity to make sure that your child is relatively stress free and able to succeed academically this school year.

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