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08/08/2016

Top Ways to Get Ready for the New School Year

The school vacations are coming to an end. For parents, this can be a great relief - no more stressing about childcare. No more feeling like a taxi driver chauffeuring your children and their friends all over town. But, for most young people, this means the end of freedom, the end of lie-ins and days at the park with their friends, and the return to term-papers, exams, and academic stress. Your kids are probably not looking forward to getting back into the school routine. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to make this return to the daily grind easier for the whole family. In today’s blog, The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI would like to share some top ways to get ready for the new school year.

Ease Into The Change of Routine

Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Their sleep patterns are often much more difficult to change than adults, which is why they may suffer more from jet-lag or changes to their sleep schedule. There’s nothing worse than being used to going to sleep at midnight and rolling out of bed at 10 AM, only to have to suddenly be up at the crack of dawn to head back to school. Changing your child’s wake-time from one day to the next will leave them tired and irritable, unable to concentrate during their first day back at school. A more effective way of dealing with this change is to start gradually shifting their sleep schedule back to term-time over a period of a couple of weeks. If your teenager has been getting up at 10 AM, start waking them up at nine-thirty, then nine and so on. This will naturally encourage them to go to bed earlier and hopefully avoid the shock of suddenly having to be up early again. If you are concerned about your child’s lack of routine over the long summer vacation period, consider a formal tutoring program to ease them back into a learning routine. The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI offers an excellent range of programs to help children of all ages. Call today at 808 377 5500 to learn more and book a free assessment.

Get Organized

The new school year brings with it a huge number of curricular and extracurricular commitments. Between parent-teacher meetings, sports games and project deadlines, things can easily get missed, particularly if you have several children. To make sure that you and your family feel organized, in control and ready to get the new school year off to a flying start, try investing in a family calendar. Hang this calendar in a communal area, such as the kitchen or living room. That way, everyone can note down their important dates and what they need to be done before school so that you can keep on top of everything and organize transport, etc.

Shop Smart

Heading back to school can be an expensive time for parents. Your kids may have grown out of their uniforms and shoes over the summer. They might want the latest brand-name backpack, and they’ll more than likely need an update of all their school equipment such as pens, pencils, calculators, etc. Purchasing these items over a period of a few weeks, rather than buying them all at once the day before the start of term, can help to ease the financial burden. Many stores offer back-to-school deals on stationary and uniforms, so shop around to make sure to find the best deals.

Update Knowledge

Previous blogs looked at the idea of ‘summer learning loss’ - a reduction in knowledge that occurs over the long vacation period. If your children have been enjoying a well-earned rest this summer and have not been involved in any kind of academic activity, they could be at risk of summer learning loss. However, it’s never too late to give them a bit of a boost before heading into the new school year. Tutoring is an excellent way to ensure that your kids feel confident in their abilities and go into the new school year ready to flourish.

Give Your Kids a Head-Start with Tutoring in Honolulu HI

The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI offers an excellent range of tutoring programs for kids of all ages. The innovative programs have something for everyone and students are able to focus on weaker areas, to ensure that they are able to keep up with their peers. Call today at 808 377 5500 to find out more about the benefits of tutoring in Honolulu HI and arrange a visit for a free consultation.

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