Between the chilly weather, early morning alarms, and homework, the transition from summer to fall can be tough for everyone! We are now into the fourth week of school, and both students and teachers are getting back into the swing of things. There is no better time than now to ensure that you are creating manageable and consistent routines for your kids at home. Having established routines is one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school whether they are seven or seventeen!
Students are inundated with routines and schedules at school, but it is for a good reason! Kids thrive on consistency, knowing when they have each class and for how long, and more importantly when they will have recess and lunch breaks! Teachers implement a variety of classroom routines to help kids stay focused, and also to encourage them to take responsibility for their role within the class.
Having school-like routines at home can be just as helpful to ensure your child is succeeding at school. Just like at school where students are encouraged to relax and play during their scheduled recess and lunch breaks, the same can be done at home. Some kids prefer to do their homework right away when they get home from school, whereas others prefer to have a bit of a break from school work and would rather opt for down time before homework. If your child does not have homework yet, schedule a time for reading. All kids can benefit from reading regardless of their age or reading ability!
Routines can be established for practically anything your child does at home, such as homework, preparing and eating meals, bedtime, chores, downtime, TV and computer time, etc…
As a teacher, I know how important choice is for children of all ages. Having children take part in a decision making process makes them feel important and like their opinion matters, which it does! Kids often know what best works for them, especially as they get older. To ensure that your routines will work for everyone in the family, decide with your child what is best and build your routines based on that. If you need help establishing good habits, I would be happy to help. Feel free to contact me!
If you have any routines that work well for your family, please share them!! I love getting feedback. And, don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.
Until next time,
Your Toronto Tutor