5 Ways to Set Up Your Child for Term Three

Oh no! I mean… oh yes! The mid year holidays have ended, and the kids go back to school. But before we get peace and quiet between nine to three, we’ve got to get them ready. Now that is stressful.

Trying to get kids back in the groove can be a nightmare for parents. There are always nerves surrounding the return to school, but getting back into that routine is actually a good thing. With some easy tips, this stressful time of retuning to school for term three can become a whole lot easier!

1. Routines

Sleeping Routine

We know how it goes… the kids are used to being up until eleven or twelve o’clock at night. Well, this isn’t going to cut it when they have to wake-up for school at six or seven AM. However, getting the kids to agree to an earlier bedtime the night before school starts again can be difficult.

To make this transition a little easier, start making their bedtimes a little earlier each nigh the weekend before school starts. This won’t cause too much disruption to their holiday fun, but ensures they will be right on track by the time school begins.

For the older students, make sure their intake of caffeine and energy drinks is limited (especially before bedtime). It is also important to check that they aren’t working too late at night or juggling too many jobs.

This, in combination with a bedtime routine, will make sure there will be no cranky and overtired children on the morning of the first day back at school.

2. Goal Setting

Whether your child has received their marks back from term two, it is super beneficial to sit down with them prior to the start of term three to set their goals. If they have already received their marks back, it is definitely worth it to reflect on their grades so that they can see where they excelled and where they can improve. 

If your child won’t receive their marks back until they are back at school, it is still beneficial to have that reflection conversation in week one of the new term! 

3. Nutrition

When it comes to giving up the holiday snacks and eating healthy, children can be stubborn. That junk food they’ve been allowed to indulge in for six weeks isn’t going to help feed their brain when it comes to going back to five intense days working hard at school. The chocolate needs to go, and the apples need to make a return!

The school routine doesn’t just apply to waking up and being on time. You need to make sure your children are eating properly. Most senior school-aged students skip breakfast or just have a snack before school. This is far from ideal when it comes to needing long-lasting energy for a big school day.

If you and your children are lacking time in the morning, choose quick on-the-go but healthy breakfasts, like oats and grains. Always try and combine it with some fruit for nutritional value. Another quick and healthy option is toast with some avocado or spread.

As for lunches, make sure that your child has some good healthy food to eat. If you don’t have the time to prepare their lunch, teach them how, and check the final product to ensure it is school appropriate. This will teach them independence and how to be responsible for what they put in their bodies. Some simple ideas include carrots, celery sticks, ham sandwiches, and fruit.

4. Organisation

Getting back into a sleeping and eating schedule isn’t all that your children should be doing, organisation is also paramount. Make sure that once all the books and stationery are collected, your child organises and preps them for the term ahead.

A fabulous idea is to have them write in a planner each week to manage their time and keep track of important dates. Another ‘must-do’ is labelling. We’ve all been there, your child comes home from school and whines about losing their pencil case, their hat, or favourite eraser. Label every item with either a permanent marker or using a label maker to ensure nothing goes amiss!

The morning before school starts can be stressful. To avoid this, have your child pack their school bag the night before. This will ensure that the morning runs super smoothly, and your child doesn’t forget anything. If necessary, book in some sessions with an Academic Personal Trainer (APT) to ease the transition back to school!

5. Revision

The last thing a student wants to do in the holidays is schoolwork. However, to start with a good footing from the get-go, some revision of term two content is necessary. During the last week of the holidays, have your child revise work from their previous subjects. This will get their brain back into the swing of things!

Revision and a little bit of practice will help them get off to a good start in term three and recall what they left off on. This will give them a chance to understand difficult or complex concepts that they need to know for their subjects. This is super important for senior school ATAR students, as revision is a key element of this system.

Most importantly, if you or your child is struggling to get into the swing of it, utilise your Academic Personal Trainer to help you plan and get all that revision done! Once finished, students can go back to enjoying holidays, knowing that they have everything ready for the new term.  Now, students can go watch some well-deserved Netflix!