AL-gKs_0371It’s the beginning of a new school year–the perfect time to set the stage for learning success. To make sure your child shows up at school ready to learn:

  • Get a head start. Many families find that organizing at night prevents morning “rush hour.” You can review school papers, pack and refrigerate lunches, set backpacks by the door and agree on outfits.
  • Establish sleep routines. Choose reasonable bedtimes so everyone is rested when the alarm clock goes off. Do your best to stick with them.
  • Develop morning habits. If your child does the same things, in the same order, each morning, it’s less likely that she will forget a step. For example, make bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth and put on shoes.
  • Choose a homework time. With your child, pick a time when she will have the most energy and motivation to do assignments. Create a quiet study spot, complete with necessary supplies, where she can work at the same time each day.
  • Use organizational tools. What will help your child stay organized? She might use calendars, to-do lists or a folder system.
  • Set priorities. Schedule things like schoolwork, family meals and even free time on a calendar. Treat them like appointments. If there are openings, your child can add activities.

Reprinted with permission from the September 2013 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2013 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.