Following are some tips that might help you on school days.
Some school day tips I've learned (some the hard way!):
- Include some protein in breakfast, not just a bowl of cereal or a waffle. (Cereal or waffles without a protein food will cause a mid-morning crash.)
- Keep books and school supplies in assigned places for each student . Sounds very commonsensical, but those books seem to land all over the house if you're not careful. My daughter keeps one of those wire storage cubes in the bottom of her closet, dedicated to her school books. (By the way, commonsensical is really a word. But you probably already knew that. I thought I made it up...)
- Establish routines early on.
- If you are homeschooling (even if you are an "unschooler"), have some form of structure in your days. Kids feel more secure, happy, and productive if they know what to expect than if you are always "flying by the seat of your pants." (By the way, do you know where that term came from? In the early days of aviation, pilots didn't have electronic instruments and had to fly by the feel of the plane's direction and movement in their seats. I just learned that today...)
- Foreign languages are most easily learned when begun in early childhood. You can find really fun foreign language CDs, music, and games.
- Projects, creative presentations, posters, murals, and anything else that helps your kids learn by DOING are VERY important. (When I think about my own school days, the material I remember best was learned in those ways.)
- For homeschooling, textbooks can be used as guides and inspiration, rather than as the sole curriculum for subjects. You can supplement with other materials and activities that are a good fit for your child. For instance, my daughter has always loved to read, and her grasp of history grew by reading historical fiction. Had we used the textbooks only, history would not have come alive as well or appealed as much to her.
- A final tip (related to the last one) and should go without saying---Make sure your kids are reading every day. A LOT.