It’s almost back to school time! Both Carteret and Craven County schools will begin the 2016 – 2017 school year on Monday, August 29th. Getting prepared for the first day of classes is a family effort. Here are some things you can do to help ease your child into the school routine, establish healthy habits, and support learning so your child can be a successful student.
Establish a “school night” bedtime about a week before the start of school. In the summertime, children are usually not on a strict schedule and so when school begins, the earlier wake-up times can be tough. Proper rest is essential to a successful school day. Children between the ages of 5 – 12 need at 10 – 11 hours of sleep per night, while teenagers need 9-10 hours.
Ensure Healthy Eating
Nutrition is an important factor in a child’s development and school success.
Breakfast: It can be eaten at home or at school. Make sure it is not missed in the morning rush. A nutritious morning meal helps children concentrate better in class and maintain a healthy weight.
Lunch: Look over the school lunch menu together with your child. Plan to pack a healthy lunch on certain days if an alternative is needed.
Snacks: Stock up on nutritious snacks. Make them easily available by preparing them ahead of time and having them visible and ready-to-eat at home. Many students eat lunch early at school and so they are hungry when they return home. A healthy afternoon snack can help curb hunger until dinner, as well as provide energy and important nutrients for afternoon activities.
When families support learning and are involved in their child’s education, greater academic success is achieved
Get involved with your child’s school. If you are a stay at home parent or work outside the home there are so many ways that you can get involved. Both mom and dad can be a volunteer, join the parent organization, send in needed supplies, and can attend evening events just to name a few.
Develop a partnership with your child’s teacher. Make sure you have the opportunity to meet and speak with them directly at the start of the school year as well as have a clear understanding of classroom expectations. Work toward maintaining open communication throughout the year.
Designate a space to do homework and be available to help. Make it a comfortable place with good lighting and ensure needed supplies are easily accessible.
Make an after school schedule with allotted times for homework, after school activities, play, TV and/or video games.
Encourage your child to read. Reading is one of the best activities to provide the foundational language and literacy skills your child needs to succeed. It helps learning across all subjects. Reading can also open doors to all kinds of discovery and new worlds. Take your child to the library. Libraries offer a wide variety of materials, technology and programs for you and your family to explore.