The best start you and your child can make together this year is to emphasize being R.A.D.
And a Daily Routine.
These are the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety during the school year and also to promote your child’s love of learning starting from the home.
A great day starts the night before!
To alleviate stress in the morning, pack your child’s (or encourage them to pack their own!) lunch the night before school, also ask them to pick out their favorite outfit for the next day. (If you’re feeling adventurous you can even ask them to pick out YOUR outfit.)
So, why do today what you can put off till tomorrow? We all love procrastination station, but you’ll be surprised just how much time these two simple things can save in the morning. Instead of rushing for school, you’ll have time that can be best spent with a family breakfast or playtime before school.
Mornings are the best time to set the tone for your child’s day and a positive morning can create an open and excited attitude. This is also an excellent way for your child to be a leader! Setting a great emotional example in the classroom not only makes for a great learning environment, but a happy one as well! A lifelong love of learning can start right now.
A Remarkable Day
Evenings and mornings are good times to prepare yourself and your child for school and a daily routine can weave this all seamlessly together. Life can get busy and the unexpected is often the only thing we can expect, but if you establish a general routine for you and your child, you can offer them the best structure for the year.
How you set a routine is definitely up to you, your family, and everyone’s schedule. But it is also best to include time set aside where you can go over your child’s day with them, take time to see if there are any forms that need looking at or permission slips that need signing. Often these things can slip by during the day or your child may forget to tell you about them, so it is best to have just a short period of time set aside where you both know that’s what you will be discussing. It will also help offer a minor lesson in responsibility.
Finally, take a few moments each day to set aside short and long term goals. What do we want to accomplish today? What do we want to learn this week? Where would we like to be a year from now?
Goals, both academic and personal, can seem daunting. Giving your child (and often yourself) short-term goals that can be easily accomplished is a great way to boost confidence and keep them on track to achieving their long-term intentions.
An intentional day is a day off on the right foot!
We can’t wait to see you all on Monday!