Highfields' Own - - Education -

Head­ing back to school can be a stress­ful and of­ten very busy time, and it ab­so­lutely pays to be or­gan­ised. Here are a few tips to keep ev­ery­thing man­aged and in line be­fore the time strikes.

1. Have your chil­dren get back into the wak­ing school sched­ule two weeks be­fore school ac­tu­ally starts.

This will have them in a com­fort­able rou­tine when school be­gins.

2. Bring your kids with you when you go shop­ping for new school sup­plies and let them pick their items — for some chil­dren, this will get them ex­cited for the new term or at the very least make them feel in­volved in the process.

3. Have es­sen­tially a study for your chil­dren, where they can do their home­work of an evening.

This is a space where they can go to ev­ery day that is solely theirs.

4. Have your kids pack their bags the night be­fore in­clud­ing their sports bags, as they might re­mem­ber if they’ve for­got­ten some­thing overnight and it’s one less thing they have to do in the morn­ing.

5. It’s re­ally im­por­tant that your chil­dren have time to blow off some steam and re­lax.

Give them time of an af­ter­noon to chill out and play some sport out­side, watch some tele­vi­sion, read a book and just take a break.

They’ve spent the whole day learn­ing and need a break be­fore do­ing their home­work and as­sign­ments.

6. Meet the new teach­ers — you’ll want to es­tab­lish a healthy re­la­tion­ship with them to be able to con­verse com­fort­ably about your chil­dren should you have any ques­tions or con­cerns.

7. Ask your kids if they’d like to do any ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in their new school year — there might be some­thing they’ve been think­ing of do­ing, and they’re just look­ing for some en­cour­age­ment or per­mis­sion.

8. Ded­i­cate time to check­ing in on your chil­dren and see how they’re pro­gress­ing in the new term, par­tic­u­larly be­ing in a new grade.

Some­times they might need some ex­tra tu­ition, whether it be from you or from a teacher or tu­tor.

The most im­por­tant thing is that your child is happy and up-to-speed, feel­ing con­fi­dent and bal­anced in their school­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

By keep­ing an eye on them with­out be­ing over­bear­ing, it will hope­fully be a great start to the year.

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