Get Prepared for Back to School!by : Tiffany Tunnell
posted on : 7/31/2015 10:20:02 AM
As summer winds down in the Valley, it’s time to start thinking about school! I know, it seems as though school just ended, so here are some tips over the next few weeks that can reduce back to school stress!
Start focusing your child’s attention back to learning, especially if you have given them some academic time off. To set the mood, head to museums, science centers, or educational groups at the library! Here are some valley favorites:
Arizona Science Center
Phoenix Public Library
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Arizona Museum for Youth
Sort through your child’s clothes. Donate, toss or sell any clothes that no longer fit and make a list of items that will need to be purchased before school. Think of common items they may have outgrown - Shorts, Shirts, Pants, Shoes. Don’t forget to check school uniforms as well!
Continue academic enrichment by encouraging young readers to read a couple books a week or older students to pick a chapter book of their choice. Set quiet time for family reading.
Additionally, review Math and Language Arts work from the previous school year. Some free suggested websites are:
K5 Learning http://www.k5learning.com
Common Core Sheets http://www.commoncoresheets.com
K-12 Reader http://www.k12reader.com/common-core-standard/ccss
Sort through school supplies. Find school supplies you have purchased in the past and make a list of new items your child will need. Remember to check with your child’s teacher for a recommended list.
Some suggested basics:
Pencils, Pens, Erasers, Colored Pencils, Notebook Paper, Folders, Notebooks, Backpack, .Pencil Pouch, Pencil Sharpener, Tissues, and Hand Sanitizer for the classroom.
Start getting back to a ROUTINE! Routines and scheduling are important to make sure our children are well adjusted to their busy school schedules!
Start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. Children often need 1 - 2 weeks to adjust their sleeping schedule!
Start setting routines for school mornings! This may include breakfast, picking out clothes for the day, and bathroom scheduling. If you have multiple children we suggest picking out clothes the night before and setting a bathroom schedule if your children are older and have to share!
Continue academic enrichment, but shift to an afternoon schedule that will mimic homework time at home. Set rules and boundaries for quiet time and snacks.
Start a calendar to help schedule the busy school year! Many schools offer online calendars with important dates on their website!
First Day of School, Meet the teacher/Orientation, Labor Day (No School), Fall and Winter Breaks, extracurriculars (sports, tutoring, clubs)
Set rules or review previous rules for screen time within the school year. With summer freedom, kids have probably had more screen time than usual. Remind your children how much screen time is allowed and when.
Review before and after school routines.
What needs to be done before school? (beds made, dressed, breakfast, etc)
What time do we need to be ready for school?
How will we get to school?
How will we get home from school?
What will after school look like? (Snacks, homework, activities, screen time)
What needs to be done before bedtime? (clothes picked out, shower, backpack packed, etc) What time is bedtime?
Organize you house by setting up places for your children to put their daily school materials. Think about where they will put backpacks, lunchboxes, and school papers. This will help everyone follow the daily routine.
As the digital era continues to impede on our daily lives, use screen time for education and not just play!
Here are this months recommended apps for educational use:
SpellingCity is a word game app designed to help kids learn spelling and improve vocabulary and grammar skills.
Chicken Coop Fraction Games:Learn to ace fractions with this suite of hilarious chicken-themed educational games.
Common Core Update:
Common Core will continue to dominate our children’s classrooms this year. The idea is that students must become proficient at problem solving. Many publishing companies like Singapore Math, Engage New York, McGraw Hill, and Pearson suggest for students to use visuals, like picture clues provided to help solve problems. Try this practice problem for yourself! (The picture is only helping you through step 1 of this 3 step problem)
There were 42 mangoes in each crate. 12 such crates of mangoes were delivered to a factory. 4 mangoes were rotten and had to be thrown away. The remaining mangoes were packed into boxes of 10 mangoes each. How many boxes of mangoes were there?