How To Start The School Year Strong

The back-to-school countdown has begun once again. After months of playing in the sun, it’s easy for kids to fall into the classic ‘summer slide’, where students fall behind on their academic knowledge and skills they learned the previous year. To help them get back on track and ready for the new year, we’ve created a list of four things you can do to help you and your kiddos start the school year strong.

Create A Family Calendar

Summer is a time to relax and have fun, but getting back into a routine is key to a strong transition. Creating a family calendar is a great way to visualize the week ahead and have everyone’s schedule mapped out in one place.

Get a large whiteboard calendar and assign a different colored pen to each family member to stay organized. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to pick your kiddos up from practice or get them to a school function on time. Including your kids in the calendar will also help them with time management and planning!

Back To School Goals And Resolutions

Nothing feels better than accomplishing a task you’ve worked hard on, and the new school year is the perfect time to set new resolutions. When you have a goal in mind, you work harder to achieve it so challenge your kiddos this school year. Whether it’s receiving an A on a test or expanding their vocabulary, it’s important that you challenge your kids and show interest in what they set out to accomplish.

Break down the goal into manageable chunks and check in with them on a weekly basis to see how you can help them achieve it. Celebrate their victories, big or small! Showing your kiddos you care means the world to them.

Get Involved In Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities can help kids to develop new interests, get out of their comfort zones, and connect with like-minded peers. From joining a sports team to playing an instrument or getting involved in various clubs, there are dozens of activities for your kids to take part in. Not only are extracurriculars a fun break from school and studying, but they also can teach life skills they may not learn in the classroom.

Parents can also join in on the fun by joining the PTA, chaperoning field trips, or volunteering in the classroom or at other school events. This is a great way for parents to stay involved in what’s going on at their child’s school and show interest in what they’re doing.

Keep Good Habits

Creating (and keeping) good habits can help your family stay on track, eliminate wasted time, and feel more motivated in everyday life. The better foundation you create for you and your kiddos, the more confident they’ll be. Here are a few habits to get back in the swing of as the new school year approaches:

  • Reading every day to stimulate the brain
  • Eating healthy meals to feel better energized
  • Exercising daily to support development and overall health
  • Limiting screen time to focus on family, friends, and school activities
  • Creating a daily homework routine to stay on top of academics

As the last minutes of summer are ticking by, the new school year is fast approaching. Help your kids beat the ‘summer slide’ and start the school year strong with these helpful tips! The more prepared they feel, the easier the transition will be, and the better they’ll perform. For more back to school prep, check out Preparing Your Kids For Back to School.