Transitioning from Lazy Days of Summer to Back to School

Those long, lazy summer days are coming to an end and back to school is just around the corner. Parents and students might find themselves feeling a sense of relief and dread with the coming school year. It means back to homework, tests and the daily grind that those traditional school days bring. Before you start to panic, take a deep breath. What follows is some back to school tips that will make the transition from summer to school days a bit easier.

In case you didn’t know in Jefferson County the first day back to school for teachers is August 1st. The first half day of school for students is Monday August 6th with dismissal at 9:30. The first full day of school for students in the county is Thursday August 9th.

For parents just little transitions can make a big difference and save your sanity in getting in the back to school routine. Experts recommend that you start the transition by reintegrating regular routines with your student. Take time 7 to 10 days before the first day of school to re-start the regular process of sleep. It might be difficult at first as students have been staying up later and sleeping in more than they usually would. But stay firm. Sleep patterns are crucial for peak performance throughout the school day.

Also rest eating patterns, by reminding students and caregivers to younger children is crucial to maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. Re-establish breakfast and appropriate snacks throughout the day. Ideally establish this in the 7 to 10 days before school starts along with sleep.

It might also be a good idea to sit down with your student before the school year begins and identify goals for the upcoming school year. Talk with them about realistically keep their goals. Always remember that each student is different and leans at their own pace. Set goals to your student’s specific needs. Talk with your student about priorities for the school year such as homework times, goals, extra-circulars and much needed down time.

Parents ultimately remember to love your students and try your best to support them and help them achieve their goals while still giving them plenty of family time.

For students the start of a new school year can be an exciting and stress filled time. While in the classroom it is important to remember several tips. Make the most of class time and use it wisely. Take active note during class and limit distractions if you can. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Remember that school supplies are only half the battle, the rest is up to you. Also remember that grades do no define you. Keep trying and do your best.

Goals and routines at home are just as important as the ones in the classroom. Students need to remember to get into a rhythm at home and when and where they do their homework and studying. This can vary depending on their schedule but it’s important to stick to it to the best of their ability. It is also important that students have a real sense of how long it will take them to do homework and that they have prepared to take the time to do it. Follow these tips and more for a successful new school year.

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