The new school year means a lot of work for you as well. Here are a few tips to make it easier and ensure a great year ahead for your child and you.
Before you know it, your child's day will be packed with school work, extracurricular activities, friends and more. As the school year progresses, so does the workload. It’s a good idea to encourage your child to make a schedule or help her/him make one. Plan out their different classes, activities, deliverables and items to pack for different days of the week. A weekly planner is a great way to start.
Mornings are often the most hectic times when everyone is running around. To make things easier, get things ready at night. Layout tomorrow’s clothes before bedtime, get children to pack their bags, plan for tomorrow’s lunch and prepare whatever is possible at night, discuss breakfast options at night with kids. These steps will help lessen the chaos of hectic mornings.
Advance brain functions like problem solving, reasoning and logic building abilities of your child continue to develop between 7-15 years of age. The right nutrition for healthy development and functioning of the brain is essential. Horlicks Promind has been specially designed with 14 intelli nutrients like Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A, B and D which are known to aid healthy brain development of children. These nutrients help maintain the connections between billions of neurons in the brain, thereby aiding in improved recall, increased concentration and healthy brain development.
We're so caught up with everything that’s going on when school is about to begin that we often forget this easy yet important step. Take out a little time and sit with your child. Discuss how they’re feeling about the school year ahead. Discuss what they’re excited about and what’s making them anxious. It is a great way for you to understand how your child is feeling and gives them a chance to discuss issues which they otherwise might have never gotten a chance to discuss. Hugs are always an added incentive here.
This is especially important if your child is transitioning from a junior branch to a senior branch. Before the school year begins in full flow, you could visit the school with your child to see where the new class is going to be, who are the teachers and what are the different areas of school your child would need to be familiar with. This will ease your child into the new school year which could otherwise be an overwhelming process.
Make a list with your child of the supplies they’ll need and arrange for everything on time, don’t wait till the last minute. Check out the Horlicks Promind checklist to get started. Make sure you find out if there are any changes in the uniform requirements as your child moves onto the new class. Once you’ve found out, also make sure you have enough sets of the uniform to get your child through the week easily.
If you know your child will need a tutor for the upcoming year, then don’t wait until the end moment to look for one. Survey tutors, send your child for trial classes if possible and finalize on a tutor so your child can stay on top of the academic workload from the start.
There are often fun ways to inculcate good habits and teach new things to children. Encourage your child to join an early morning hobby class like skating or piano. It will put him back in the routine of getting up early for school. For fun activities together, plan outings and picnics with him to museums, botanical gardens. It will plant seeds of curiosity in him and make for a great learning experience as well. A stay at home idea is to watch interesting English movies with subtitles. This exercise will improve your child’s language and will also help him in the usage of various words in a sentence.
School time is a hectic time for the entire family. There’s a lot going on and there’s no denying this fact. However, how you choose to deal with this situation and the image you portray will set a precedent for your children to follow. Your attitude and the ability to handle the situation in a calm manner, face problems head on will give your children the confidence to handle the year ahead confidently as well.
There are opportunities hidden in daily tasks to help your child learn. Ask your child to read the newspaper daily. Ask him/her to underline the words which are new to him and check the meaning in the dictionary. This will help increase their vocabulary and general awareness. Another idea is to give them a new task every day. For instance cleaning and arranging their wardrobe, or arranging books and magazines in the shelf. It will keep them from watching TV all day long and will also help them stay organized.
Your child is starting a new class, a new year and you should cherish the important moments of this time in your lives. Surprise them by taking pictures in the morning as they start the new school year or achieve important milestones (first test, first award). You can make these pictures more memorable by holding up a sign which mentions what the picture is about. In today’s age of smartphones, capturing memories is easier than ever before and your child with value your support as they embark on a new journey.