After a fun-filled summer of splashing in the waves, making s’mores over the campfire, and lounging by the pool, it’s approaching that time of year again. That’s right; if you listen carefully, you can hear the faint ringing of the school bell off in the distance. Back to school season is both exciting and jitter-inducing, for parents and children alike. Being prepared and organized prior to the first day of school will help to tip the scales towards excitement for everyone. So, as we bid adieu to swimsuits and sunscreen and say hello to homework, field trips, and soccer games, consider these tips to help you put your best foot forward this back-to-school.
– Re-establish your school-year routines. For a much smoother transition back into weekday routines, start introducing these activities and their timing a week or so prior to the first day of school. A great way to do this is to begin having your children wake up at the same time every day and eat around the same times they would when school is in session (for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks). Also, plan a few daytime activities where your child will have to leave and come home around the same time they would if they were in school. These gradual and straightforward adjustments will help everyone feel rested and ready for the big day.
– Create a homework space. Take a few moments with your child to discuss and decide upon both a time and a place for their daily homework. Ideally, this location would include room for all of your student’s back to school supplies so that they can get organized prior to the first day of school. This should be a quiet area, such as the den, dining room, or even a nook in the kitchen. Make sure that you select a time when you or another adult (or even an older sibling) will be available should your child require assistance with their homework.
– Discuss an after-school game plan. Having a plan for where your child will go after school lets out for the day will significantly reduce, and hopefully eliminate any confusion, especially during the few weeks of school. Depending upon the age of your child, figure out if they will go to a neighbor’s house, an afterschool program, or be allowed to stay home by themselves. Also, make sure that you have a back-up plan for the inevitable days when things don’t go as planned!
– Get unplugged. For many children (and let’s be honest, adults too), summertime is filled with binge-watching favorite TV shows and staying glued to social media. To avoid the shock of spending six or more hours a day in a classroom, ease your child into the learning process by unplugging and encouraging them to read or play quietly (leading by example is a great teaching tool).
– Make an appointment for your child’s yearly checkup. Unfortunately, school and germs are partners in crime, so it’s prudent to take your child for a doctors visit before returning the first day. Have a conversation with your pediatrician about vaccinations, and ask for advice on keeping your child healthy throughout the school year.
Although we are still feeling the heat of summer, back-to-school time is rapidly approaching, and with proper preparation and organization, you can help your child have a smooth transition. In addition to school, the fall season will bring with it cooler temperatures, often much sooner than we are expecting. While you are busy back-to-school shopping, make sure that you also prepare for that first chilly night by reaching out to Tri Gas & Oil for all of your heating needs. We are proud to be your local propane and oil company in Maryland, and we want to keep you and your family toasty warm as both the leaves and temperatures begin to fall. We will deliver oil and propane at a time that is most convenient for you, and we will also inspect your propane tanks to ensure that they are prepared for the cooler months ahead. Don’t get caught unprepared! Call us at 800-638-7802 and make planning your fuel needs a part of your back-to-school agenda today!