Doing well in school starts at home, with good habits and a routine that promotes autonomy.
A healthy diet first
Eating breakfast in the morning gives the brain the energy it needs to learn. Ideally, this meal should include a portion of protein, dairy, whole grains, and fruits or vegetables. Forget the old habit of eating something sweet in the morning - if your child feels like having a chicken sandwich for breakfast, that’s fine!
If your children aren’t very hungry in the morning, make sure they have wholesome snacks and a healthy lunch at school.
Being physically active
It’s also important to include physical activity in your children’s daily routine. In some cases, doing a bit of exercise before school or before doing their homework can help them concentrate better on the teacher or the work they have to do.
Rest is just as important as exercise. Make sure your children are getting enough sleep. Plan some calming activities before bedtime, in order to decrease their energy level and promote sleep. Most of all, try to avoid screen time at least an hour before bedtime (e.g. tv, computer, tablet. game console).
Implement a routine
Creating a routine allows you to structure your days and help your children become more independent. Specialists recommend putting up a daily planner so that kids can follow along as the day unfolds (use pictograms for kids who are not yet able to read). The routine can include the children’s tasks (e.g. brushing their teeth, making their bed), and anything that can make the day run more smoothly. For example, the nighttime routine can include preparing the next day’s clothes and gathering the necessary school supplies in one spot. This also reduces the risk of forgetting anything!
Instilling the concept of success
If your children have an exam or presentation to prepare, the results will not depend on random luck, but rather on the effort put into the work. Therefore, don’t wish them good luck, but rather “a successful” exam or presentation!
Have a great school year!