As summer is coming to a close, it’s time to kick back into gear with school prep! Although the structure of school days may look a little different for most of us this year, it is just as important to prepare and excitedly anticipate a fresh start for our children! With homeschooling on the horizon for many families, we are shifting and repurposing living and work spaces to accommodate new areas for learning. Here are a few helpful tips to help set up your children for success!
1. First and foremost, identify school-safe spaces. With work, school, play, and family-time all happening within the same space, it is important to begin the year by creating inviting, comfortable, and inspiring places for your children to work. This can consist of areas inside your home or outdoors in your yard that you have identified to be a place of learning. Clear open tables with needed chargers or electronics, stocked school supplies on hand, cozy nooks for reading, and outfitted snack spaces. Setting the stage for accessible education is key!
2. Carve out time and spaces for creative breaks. In between tasks, lessons, and tests, children need time to refresh and regroup! Allow for these designated breaks where your children can create art, practice movement outdoors, or simply enjoy a bit of fresh air and free conversation!
3. Set up a daily help-yourself guided snack station. With multiple children at home, the snack supply can dwindle quickly! Creating a designated stocked tray with a well-balanced snack is a great way to implement and plan your groceries, while communicating what is available for snack and how much each child can have. This allows them to help themselves as they are ready and hungry, giving a sense of independence. This ultimately keeps snack in check while allowing you and your child more uninterrupted work time!
Setting the foundation for a successful school year starts now and can be done effortlessly with the right plan in action! Including your children when creating these simplified and effective spaces for learning is a great way to excite them, giving them a responsibility in their own education! Doing this together as a family is the perfect way to welcome the school year!