Going back to school is exciting! Kids get to see their friends, have a new year of experiences to look forward to, and with luck, your child may get to work with one of the teachers your neighbors rave about! However, with homework and extracurricular activities, going back to school can become stressful for both parents and children. Here are some tips to help families keep calm, cool, and collected.
Tips for Parents:
- Consolidate school-related items: Create a space in your home that is just for hanging backpacks and storing school supplies. We recommend your mudroom or home office! This will prevent you and your children from scrambling each morning because you will both know where to find everything.
- Keep a calendar handy: With soccer practices, ballet lessons, and art classes, it can be difficult to keep your schedule straight. Keep a monthly calendar with all of the family activities in a central area so that everyone can be on the same page. A fridge or bulletin board would be a great option and a magnetic dry-erase calendar will allow you to easily update changed plans.
- Create a morning routine: Getting your children ready for school while you are getting ready for work can be challenging. Begin a routine that both you and your children are comfortable with to help take the chaos out of the morning.
Tips to Share with Your Kids:
- Write things down: A million things can happen throughout the school day. Take note of due dates and write down specifics of an assignment to help forego the stress of forgetfulness. This can also help children receive a high grade on their assignments! Did you know that doodling in your notes has been shown to help with memory and focus?
- Do the reading: No one enjoys a pop quiz! Avoid test anxiety by staying current on your reading assignments. If you only read a couple of chapters at a time, as your teachers assign, your life will be much easier than it would be if you chose to tackle the entire book the night before the test!
- Stand up against bullies: Bullying can occur at any age but it is never acceptable and it should not be tolerated. Let your teacher or an adult you trust know if you or a fellow classmate is being mistreated or teased. It is important for you to feel safe and focused in school.
When is the First Day of School?
Tomball ISD: August 17, 2021
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD: August 23, 2021
Klein ISD: August 18, 2021
Magnolia ISD: August 11, 2021
Conroe ISD: August 11, 2021
Montgomery ISD: August 12, 2021
Katy ISD: August 18,2021
Do you have questions about the school districts in Northwest Houston? We are happy to answer them. Contact us at 713-818-1330 today!