The key to a stress-free morning prior to the school drop off begins with an organised morning routine. A lot of stress and tension can be generated by running around the house searching for items your child needs for school – when you should already be on your way to school and this will not help your child start their school day off on the right foot.
There are many benefits for establishing routines- from reducing stress, to boosting you and your child’s immune system. Daily routines also help set body clocks too, so establishing routines when your children are young can greatly benefit them when they reach adolescence and their body clocks start to change.
With the end of the school holidays in sight it’s time to think about establishing and putting into place a good school routine. This will help your family start the new school year on a bright and less hectic note. Don’t wait too long to establish your back-to-school routine. For example, the longer you wait to get your children into the habit of going to bed at a set bedtime, the harder it will be for your children to get up for school in the morning.
Being prepared the night before is key as you can cut out a lot of unnecessary steps in the morning, which will allow you to focus on the more important tasks like eating, washing and dressing.
Check the school timetable with your child. By getting your children involved in this step, you can encourage them to develop responsibility for their possessions and time management. Together, you can put together a checklist of what you need to prepare the night before which might include: School uniform, packed lunch/snacks, homework, books, signed paperwork/school letters, packing of the school bag and the packing of any PE kit/special equipment needed on any particular day.
In the morning, ensure that everyone wakes up with more than enough time to get everything done. Think about how much time you reasonably need to get ready…then add on another 20 minutes! It is always better to have too much time, so you don’t have to rush.
It’s usually a good idea to have breakfast before getting washed and dressed to avoid any spillages and the possibility of needing a change of uniform! Cereals, fresh fruit and toast with spreads are perfect for school days as this can be prepared quickly.
Getting dressed can be another time-consuming task especially for primary school children, who are often easily distracted by other far more interesting activities. By organising their uniform the previous evening this will eliminate the risk of not being able to find any particular items. Resist the temptation to get too involved with helping your child get dressed. If you take over, and always tie shoes or do up buttons, your child is likely to struggle to do it themselves after P.E. Getting up earlier on a school day, leaving more time for your children to dress will quickly help them become more independent. It’s also wise to ensure all uniform has your child’s name inside.
Once being more organised in the morning has become a habit, you will be amazed to find that you may even have some time in hand before you need to leave the house! This benefits both you and your child.
A well-established morning time school routine will help support your child’s amazing learning at Oaks international as they will come to school feeling in control, calm and energised for a full day of learning. It might help younger children to have everything labelled to make it easier for them in the mornings.