Preparing for the New School Year

by Dr. Jessica Kelce, Head of Lower School

After a summer of family-time, planned and spontaneous activities, and a more relaxed scheduled, it can sometimes be difficult for parents and students to get back in the swing of things for a new school year. Here are a few tips for getting ready for the start of a successful school year.

  1. Start moving towards a more school-friendly sleep and wake schedule for your child. According to the National Sleep Foundation, preschool children need 11-13 hours of sleep each night, while school age children need 9-11 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Establish a morning routine that gives your child time to complete their morning task without being rushed. Make sure to provide time for family interaction and a healthy breakfast each morning.
  3. Organize and prepare for school the night before. This may include packing lunches and backpacks, laying out clothes, and reviewing the schedule for the next day with your child.
  4. Prepare a designated work space for you child at home. This space provides an organized and distraction-free zone for children to work on homework and projects. Stock the work station with all the supplies your child will need to complete his/her tasks.
  5. Plan a weekly family meeting to create and review a family calendar for the week. At this meeting, all family members add their obligations to the calendar so that details such a transportation needs can be addressed.
  6. Take time to set some goals for the school year. Goals may include breaking down long-term projects into smaller task, reading for 30 minutes each night, or setting aside time for a family game night each week.
  7. Take time to talk with your child about their hopes and dreams for the school year. Which activities and events is your child looking forward to the most? Is their anything your child is concerned about for the school year?

As a parent and educator, I am looking forward to an exciting 2017-2018 school year!