Or­gan­i­sa­tion key to smooth re­turn

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Back to school time re­quires or­gan­i­sa­tion to get your­self and the fam­ily struc­tured for a suc­cess­ful school year. Get­ting or­gan­ised does not nec­es­sar­ily guar­an­tee aca­demic suc­cess and fam­ily har­mony but it cer­tainly helps to­wards achiev­ing these de­sired re­sults. A smooth, new year back-to-school tran­si­tion sets the stage for the rest of the school year, so the sys­tems that are put in place dur­ing the back to school pe­riod are crit­i­cal. Back to school shop­ping One piece of the back to school puz­zle is shop­ping for school sup­plies while they are read­ily avail­able and on sale. In or­der to save money, think long term: Choose high-qual­ity items for dur- able goods, such as wa­ter bot­tles, back­packs and lunch­boxes, so they can be used for sev­eral years. It is sen­si­ble to spend less on the things that have a shorter life span and will be used up.

School clothes or school uni­forms are an­other item on the shop­ping list. Don’t leave pur­chas­ing un­til the last minute. The ear­lier you take care of this, the less stress­ful it will be for your­self and your child. Or­gan­ise Teach­ers use or­gan­i­sa­tion sys­tems in school. There’s a place for book bags, a time to copy home­work as­sign­ments, a folder to bring home no­tices, a reg­u­lar day for spell­ing tests, and so on. But when chil­dren get home they may for­get how to or­gan­ise them­selves. It is im­por­tant to set an or­gan­ised pro­gramme to set the tone to help keep them or­gan­ised all year. Es­tab­lish rou­tines Rou­tines make un­pleas­ant things, such as home­work, eas­ier. Im­me­di­ately the chil­dren re­turn to school, set the stage for a home­work rou­tine by in­sti­tut­ing a reg­u­lar place and time for home­work. Sched­ule time care­fully Dur­ing the first weeks a fam­ily’s sched­ule can bal­loon out of con­trol as your chil­dren sign up for ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. When this hap­pens early in the school year, it can be dif­fi­cult to pull back later. Care­fully con­sider each child’s ac­tiv­ity and com­mit­ment that goes on the cal­en­dar. You may be able to take a break from work to shut­tle kids to sports or clubs dur­ing a slow pe­riod of work but be care­ful to con­sider what hap­pens later in the year if you have a busy sea­son or added job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Sched­ule time com­mit­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties care­fully.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Next week sees the sum­mer hol­i­days end and chil­dren re­turn­ing to school.

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