Prepare Your Child to Go Back-to-school After Winter Break

Excerpted from: San Diego Family

Prepare Your Child to Go Back-to-school After Winter Break

These tips will help you get your family in the back-to-school mode and give your kids the tools they need to have a “ready, set, go” attitude in the New Year.
Unplug and Get Some Sleep:  Much like summer, winter break brings loosened reins on TV, computer and other media. Before sending him back to the grind, taper back on screen time and ease back to a reasonable bedtime.
Remember Breakfast:  Healthy, filling breakfasts are one of the most important factors in a child’s ability to focus in class. Start his day off right with a nutritious and filling breakfast, such as oatmeal or toast with peanut butter.
Get Organized:  Take an inventory of your child’s school supplies. Help him/her  return to school with pencils sharpened and notebook organized. The teacher will thank you!
Read:  Get back into the habit of scanning the notes that come home from school. Though some of it may not be pertinent, this habit will make life much easier for everyone when the time comes for permission slips to be turned in or conferences to be scheduled.
Check In:  You may have had a parent-teacher conference just before the holiday season. If not, take a moment this month to check in with the teacher about your child’s progress, especially if you have concerns. It is still early enough in the year to work on behavior or skills that are holding him back from reaching his full potential in his current grade. Keep the lines of communication open.
Back to Homework:  Decide if what you were doing in the fall was the best schedule for fitting in homework, and reconfigure it if necessary. The more often you can make yourself available to help your child, the better.