The New Year doesn't just mark a fresh start for adults with resolutions and the opportunity to try new things. It also means that students have a chance to do the same. The following back to school tips can help make their enthusiasm for the new year last even longer and while also allowing them to reap great benefits at school and beyond.
- Back to school shopping
Going back to school should be fun! Especially during this time of year, it can sometimes be difficult for kids to muster up the enthusiasm for school. Between the typical letdown after all the busyness and excitement of the holiday season and the less than ideal weather that many parts of the country experience during the early months of the year, it can help to plan a back to school shopping trip to generate positive feelings. This time is the perfect opportunity to let your kids spend any money they received for the holidays. This shopping trip doesn't need to be expensive either. Nearly all stores will also have much of their merchandise on clearance as they seek to move out last year's items to make room for more fresh 2015 products. Before setting off, assess their needs and keep the trip's focus on what you've decided they must have. Even the opportunity to buy a new backpack or a brightly-colored shirt can help lift spirits and make kids more eager to go back to school.
- Extend learning
Everyone knows that teachers try their best to making learning fun, engaging and interesting while also trying to meet each student's unique needs. Between testing, administrative duties and curriculum requirements, though, there are often just too many constraints on their time for them to do so in the depth that many students can appreciate. You can help make school more meaningful and rich for your kids with the back to school tips below.
- Read, read, read
Try to stay current on the topics your kids are studying in school and make books available to them that extend these subjects. Listen when your kids talk to you and go to the library together to look for books that provide them with more information on those subjects that they might not have time enough to explore in depth during the school day. Whether your kids are in preschool or high school, try to set aside a time each day to read - either together or on their own. This can be a great way to reconnect and unwind after a long day at school.
- Make excursions count
While it is important to set aside time on the weekends to relax, outings with the family provide the opportunity to delve deeper into the learning that is going on at school. Plan field trips to nearby museums, zoos or historical sites for family bonding time that has a learning element wrapped neatly inside.
- Make learning fun
With the wealth of information and resources that are available online these days, you can find free information and projects about nearly any subject. Print out the materials and instructions for making a paper castle to extend learning about the medieval time period or find some fun science experiments that help cement current concepts while using just a few items you have around your house.