Oct 2, 2013

Five Tips for a Successful School Year

Can you believe that it’s already October? If your school is like most, your kids have been back in class for close to a month. However, there’s a good chance your family is still adjusting to the new school year. Getting used to new routines takes time, but the sooner your kids get into the flow of their new schedules, the more successful they’ll be at school.

Here are five ways to build healthy habits and improve your children’s chance of success this school year:

Institute Required Reading Time

Your kids might finish their homework early in the evening, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance to fit in some additional learning opportunities before they go to bed. It’s a great idea to institute a 30-minute “required reading” time before bed in which you read together as a family. Encouraging your children to read before bed keeps their minds sharp for the next school day and promotes restful sleep.

Keep a Sleep Routine

Students of all ages benefit from keeping a regular sleep schedule during the school year. Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up early enough to get a full breakfast prepares young minds for a valuable day of learning. The ideal amount of sleep your child needs depends on her age. Get more information here.

Set Positive Goals

Sit down with your child and make a list of five goals for this school year, and practice envisioning success. This helps kids experience the back to school rush in a positive way and gets them thinking about good attitudes, attendance and grades and how to make them happen.

Exercise Together

After an active summer, it’s no surprise that your kids are antsy when they return to school. Sitting in a classroom for 6-8 hours per day can be a tough adjustment, but making extra time to get active at home can help. After school, go for a long walk with your family, play soccer in the park, or suggest a game of tag in the house. The extra activity will help kids sleep better at night and concentrate more fully at school the next day.

Support your School and Pre-Register for our School Supporter app

Slight changes to your current shopping habits can have a big impact on your child’s school year. Our School Supporter app allows you to get discounts from stores where you already shop while raising valuable funds for your children’s schools. All you have to do is pre-register for the app and tell other parents to do the same. When enough of your community pre-registers, we’ll create a custom app for your school that you can use to earn funds when you make everyday purchases.

What are you doing to adjust to the new school year and make it a success?

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