Where did summer go? Several schools are starting soon. By ending the summer on a positive note and taking proactive steps, you can set yourself up for a successful start to the new academic year. Here are some tips from the August 2023 Family Food Cent$ newsletter.
- Establish a back-to-school schedule.
As the lazy days of summer end, gradually adjust your schedule to align with the upcoming school routine. Do simple things, like a bedtime routine and morning preparation, to get your mind and body ready for the new schedule.
- Review and refresh academic skills.
Reading books that interest you helps expand your vocabulary. Visit the local library or explore online resources for reading lists or recommendations. Writing in a journal will also help with expressing yourself and reinforcing writing skills that you will use throughout your school year.
- School supply organization.
Get a head start on school supplies to avoid last-minute rushes and stress. Check for school requirements provided by your teachers and ensure you have all the necessary materials. Organize a backpack and study space that is also supplied and ready for a calming environment to learn.
- Balanced school lunches.
Plan and pack nutritious lunches for your children. Include a variety of food groups, such as lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Encourage children to make healthier choices by involving them in meal planning and preparation.
- Smart snacking.
Choose healthy snacks that provide sustained energy throughout the day. Opt for fresh fruits, vegetable sticks with hummus, yogurt, whole-grain crackers with cheese, or homemade trail mix.
- Breakfast boost.
Ensure students start their day with a balanced breakfast. Offer options like whole-grain cereals, yogurt parfaits with fruit, smoothies, or egg-based dishes. These provide essential nutrients and contribute to improved concentration and cognitive function.
- Hydration tips.
Whether it is warm or cold outside, it is essential to stay hydrated. Drink water infused with fruits or herbs or unsweetened iced tea as refreshing alternatives to sugary drinks. Carry a reusable water bottle with you as a reminder to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
For more information and resources on early childhood development, contact Audrey Rider.