Easing Back to School

Ease back into the school year with the right workspace and organizational tools.

For homework or home schooling, creating a workspace that is free from distraction and filled with supplies will help any student ease back into the school year. Select a space with comfortable seating and plenty of light, and stock it with common items you’d need for homework and projects: pens, pencils, paper, glue, tape, a stapler, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, folders, binders, sticky notes, index cards, a pencil sharpener, erasers, and any technology and headphones.

Preparing the night before is always a good idea, as mornings can become hectic and busy. Setting out clothes, making lunch and planning snacks will save time and stress while everyone is trying to start their day.

Keeping a calendar or planner will help the whole family stay organized. One option is an actual notebook planner/agenda for keeping track of assignments, tests and activities. There are many digital calendars, including those found on your smartphone. You may choose a calendar app, especially if you have older children, so that everyone can use the same calendar and put their important information into it. This works well with two-family households wanting to stay informed of everyone’s activities, work schedules and important dates.

A solid night of sleep is also important. Limit screen time in the hours before bedtime. Keep the bedroom dark and cool, and try to keep the same routine each night.

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