After a summer of fun, getting into a back-to-school routine can be a struggle. To make sure your children are prepared for when the first day of school arrives, it’s important to start practicing early. While it may not be fun to cut their summer nights short a week or so in advance, it will do wonders for children’s performance at the beginning of the school year.Start with the bedtime routine. Do kids have a later bedtime during the summer? If so, gradually start making bedtime earlier. Start in 10 minute intervals, so it does not seem like as big of a deal. If your nightly routine is different during the school year, start gradually changing it too. Maybe you do not do as much winding down before bedtime during the summer and need to start instituting some quiet time or story time before bedtime to help calm kids down.
Have your children slept in during the summer? Start getting them up earlier. When they get up, instead of letting them laze around or get ready at a leisurely pace, start implementing the get ready for school routine. At least a week before school begins, children should be getting up at their normal back to school time and following a basic routine for getting dressed, eating breakfast and making sure everything is ready for school. You may even want to practice walking to bus stop or driving to school a few times to get the routine down.