Back to School Blues

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For many, today ends the first week of school after a long summer vacation.  This means that kids all around are returning to their routines.  This could also mean that there are plenty of tired and cranky kids around.

So how do you beat the back to school blues?  We came up with a few hints to make it easier while your “back-to-schoolers” are adjusting.

-Insist on an early bedtime.  Even if it’s just for the first couple weeks, their bodies and their brains need to rest so they can process all the new things they’re doing and learning.

-Have a protein-packed snack waiting for them when they get home.  Whether you make it the night before or you’re there to make it for them when they get home, it’ll give them the energy.  They’re going to need it to tackle homework assignments and extracurriculars.

-Encourage them to talk about their days.  Ask specific questions about their schoolwork and their classmates.  The more kids talk about their days, the more they are able to adjust to the routine in their head.  It’s also helpful to get a feel for how they’re adjusting to teachers and curriculum.  That way you’ll know if you need to get them extra help — like a tutor.

-Insist on a well-balanced breakfast.  Even if it means waking everyone up a little earlier, it’s important that they eat a healthy breakfast before starting off to school.  It keeps them energized and ready to learn and with varying lunch schedules, it’s important that they don’t get too hungry before lunchtime.

Do you have any back to school tips?  Share in our comments section!

Keep Minds Sharp Over Summer Vacation

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During the summer months, school-aged children get a nice break from their studies.  However, during the extended break, students’ academic skill will often get rusty.  While it’s important to relax over the summer vacation, it’s also important to spend some time each weekday practicing skills that will help in the school year to come.  There are lots of ways to do that.

Keep a Journal
A fun and easy way to keep writing and handwriting skills fresh is to keep a summer journal.  Get a composition notebook for each child and let them decorate the covers with stickers or pictures.  Then have them spend 30 minutes a day writing about what they’re doing, what they want to do, what they’re excited about, or anything they feel like.  Try having them write a short story once every other week to keep their creativity up, too.

Find a full-curriculum workbook for whatever grade your child is going into.  That way, they will be all warmed up by the time school starts.  You can usually find reasonably priced ones on  You can also Google “[insert grade] Workbook Page” and print them out from there.

Have the Kids Teach
Do you have more than one child?  If so, have the older ones read to and give little lessons to the younger ones.  That way, not only will the younger ones be learning, but the older ones are refreshing skills that they’ve learned in years before.  Not to mention, they can practice “public speaking” in front of their siblings, which makes it easier.

These are just a few ideas that could work.  Leave us a comment and tell us what you’re doing to keep your kids’ skills fresh!

By Adrianna, LivingFirst Contributor