Back-To-School, Routines are Important!

Back-To-School, Routines are Important!

The inevitable last minutes of summer have ticked away. School is starting and parents have been bombarded by retailers to hurry out and buy the coolest new outfits, backpacks and gadgets for their kids.

But this hyped-up, commercial back-to-school rush to equip students with new garments and gear often gets in the way of the real preparations that parents and kids should focus on for a successful school year.

Many of our families at Sylvania Family Karate were already preparing their children for the new school year by participating in our “Summer of Learning” and their kids will have a much easier adjustment going back to school. But this isn’t all that needs to be done. Starting a new school year can be a daunting experience for many students, and failing to get off on the right foot can set the tone for the rest of the academic year. Parents need to take the right steps starting now to make sure their children are prepared to tackle new academic challenges with the right habits and daily routines. This includes trying not to be so consumed with showing up in the latest fashions; it’s not that important.

Here are some techniques and routines that you and your children can do to help them be more successful!

Regular Meal Times - During summer months, kids tend to grab a snack several times during the day. Parents can start reminding students to get back into a three-meal-a-day schedule in order to regulate their system into the back-to-school mode. Nutrition is an important factor in academic performance, and eating a healthy, balanced breakfast and lunch keeps kids alert throughout the day.

Family Calendar -Time management is tricky for everyone, especially kids and teens, but planning is an important way to save everyone's sanity. Having major deadlines, due dates, events and extracurricular activities in one place helps kids visualize their week, manage their time and stay on track.

Don’t Ditch Good Habits - If you and your child have established a good summer learning routine, when school starts try not to forsake all of the fun reading, writing, math and art activities that kept your child engaged all summer.

Here are four important things that students can follow to improve the academic quality of the school year, starting on Day One.

Organize - Organization is not overrated. Keeping notes, projects and reading materials in logical order helps students find what they need right away, cutting down on time spent tracking things down, and allowing more time for actual studying.

Take good notes - Yes, it does matter. Taking good notes helps keep kids’ grades up, especially in middle or high school. To boost note-taking skills, students should practice picking out the “main ideas” in conversations, news reports, or magazine articles.

Concentrate - Staying focused is easier for some kids than others. Students need to do their best to avoid distractions in class and at home. This means keeping cell phones tucked away and being vocal if a chatty classmate is too distracting.

Speak up - Students often can get tripped up by homework or test instructions. Students should know it’s OK to speak up if they don’t understand testing or homework directions. Students should also listen carefully and spend plenty of time reading directions.

We also want to remind parents that even with the best preparation many students still may need extra help to meet new academic challenges or to bolster study skills. Getting help at the first sign of trouble will help prevent students from falling further behind as the year progresses.

We hope these suggestions have been helpful, getting into routines and working hard to cut out distractions will greatly increase your child’s chances for success this school year.

Yours truly for Awesome and Amazing Kids,

Sensei Randy Kopke

Sylvania Family Karate


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