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Jan, 2019

Back to School

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As we all know the school holidays have gone too quickly and it is nearly time to go back to school. Here are our top tips for going back to school-

#1- Review school material and information…

Make sure you know the where and when of drop offs, bus timetables and new classrooms to ensure a smooth transition into the school year. Review the book list & uniform list and shop for school supplies. A new school year can mean new technology- if you need a helping hand with the tech that your kids use for school, drop into your library for a quick tech-support session.

#2- Re-establish school routines and sleep schedules…

Late nights watching movies and long days playing with friends are terrific ways to spend the school holidays, but school is coming so start getting back into a regular school routine early. Re-introduce school night bed times and turn off electronics an hour before bed to ensure that ensure your kids go back to school bright-eyed and bushy tailed!

#3 Complete annual checkups & appointments…

Schedule any medical appointments and get teeth and eyes checked ready for the year ahead. Start the year with a fresh haircut ready for school ID photos and catching up with friends and classmates.

#4- Set up a homework station…

A homework station is simply a distraction free area where kids can complete their homework. This area might include stationary like pens, pencils, rubbers and scrap paper, or be near a computer or power point to make computer-based work a breeze. For research projects, don’t forget that you and the kids can access Encyclopedia Britannica free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.

#5- Make an after-school game plan…

School terms can be busy for both parents and students. Help keep track of it all by preparing a diary or calendar of homework, assignments and before and after-school activities. If you’re looking for activities to keep your kids busy after school, check out #STEAMSquad, our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program, or drop into your local library for video games, books, movies and magazines.