Now that the new term is well under way and the new Reception class should all be settling in to full school days, we thought we’d take a look at how your new routine is going. Are you finding it hard work? Or are you getting into the swing of things? However you’re finding it, we wanted to help you that little bit more with a few tried and tested tips from our lovely blogger community. From perfecting the morning run to ensuring after school goes as smoothly as possible, between us we’ve got you covered! Here are our top three tips for the new school term. Let us know if you have any to add.
Use your weekends wisely
Before you even start to think about your school week, make sure you’re using your weekends wisely! Jennifer at My Mummys Pennies told us that she always uses the opportunity to get all of the washing and ironing and general sorting done, so that she doesn’t need to do any during the week. This one is especially important for working parents- who has the time to scrabble around for matching school socks at 8am on a school morning?
Jennifer told us, “Being organised isn’t my strong point but I find getting on top of the washing at the weekends and making sure each of the children have five of everything all hung up and ready by Sunday night makes a huge difference to all of us. The children know what they are wearing and can see it all there ready and I’m not running around like a headless chicken trying to find a clean cardi or matching socks every evening!”
Don’t change your morning routine too much
School mornings can be hard enough, but when you introduce a whole new routine some children can find it really hard to adjust. If you need to make changes, work them in gradually to minimise the disruption. If you need to allow extra time for this every morning, then do so. By now you should know how much time you need in order to get to school on time, so if you need to get up a little earlier then so be it. The idea is to make the morning as easy as possible so that the tears and tantrums can be avoided at all costs!
Sarah at Toby Goes Bananas uses a chart that her son can track his routine along each morning, so that he knows what needs to be done and in what order. This is such a great idea for younger children, and will help to make school mornings run that little bit more smoothly too.
Have a good after school routine too
Just as being organised and on top of things in the morning is a recipe for success, many parents tell us that a good after school routine is vital too. Especially in the first few weeks of the school year, children tend to tire very quickly after a full day at school. You’ve probably noticed this already! So having a good after school routine is a really good idea if you want to keep things calm and steady throughout the school week.
Victoria at Mummy to My Cheeky Little Monkey says, “Do homework/reading as soon as you get in,” and says that this is the only time her little one is really willing to sit and concentrate. This tip is especially good for children who find it hard to get back into ‘school mode’ once they’ve got home and started to play. You might find that your child needs time to unwind and play before you can even think about homework or reading, and that’s fine too. By now you should have a fair idea of what your routine should be.
Over all, don’t expect too much of your child after school during the first term, and try to limit after school activities too. Emma at Farmer’s Wife and Mummy says too many after school activities can be really tiring for younger children, and we couldn’t agree more. Allow time for your child to rest, or to simply veg out and do nothing for a while if they want to. As the school year progresses and they become more used to the new routine you can start to introduce more activities. Until then, make the most of not having to run around every evening dropping off and collecting!
Lastly, don’t forget that a good bedtime routine is a must- read this post for tips on how to have a good bath time routine for better sleep.
What are your top tips for the new school term?