READY 4 THE BELL: Getting back into the routine

After nearly 3 months of summer, getting back into the routine of school can be difficult.

"Start that back-to-school routine now, don’t wait until the day before," said Alison Benson, Middle School Counselor at West Middle School. 

Preparing your kids to get back into "school-mode" can prove to be a difficult task.

An easy place to start- their body clock.

"Start the bedtime, get them ready for bed" adds Benson. "Also get them up in the morning, start them having breakfast. So that when school does start they’re just ready to go, and that routine is normal for them."

Nutrition is another key for back-to-school success, starting with the first meal of the day.

And the Sioux City Community School District is here to help accommodate.

"We do offer breakfast at all of our schools," says Benson. "And if they need help, make sure that they fill out a Free and Reduced Meal application. Because we know that children learn better when their stomachs are full."

Have open conversations with your child, and calm any fears they may have.

"What are you excited about? What are you nervous about? And if they are nervous about something, walk through that with them," says Benson. "Are you nervous about getting lost? Ok, what would happen if you did get lost? So that if something does happen, they’re prepared for it."

And remember, sooner is better than later to get your child… ready for the bell.

"It’s never too soon to start that routine with students because it makes them that much more comfortable when school does start," says Benson. "So as soon as you’re able to start, I would start now."

Another tip from experts- start limiting your child’s time on Social Media. 



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