With autumn gearing up, we’re getting back into the groove of school year routines. The excitement of back to school comes with adjustments to our days from the lax summer months. These tips on Transitioning Your Family From Summer to School provided by PBS helps us manage the flurry that comes with the new school year. But the fun doesn’t end with summer! The classroom brings together old friends and introduces new ones, and new subjects at school will spark imagination. It’s an exciting time as we watch our little ones become “big kids.”
However, while new school year schedules can be exciting, they can also cause anxiety and stress. Getting accustom to the early morning rush of running out the door, homework time in the evenings, and after school activities can feel like a whirl. On some days, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done, but it’s important to set aside downtime. The New York Times’ article Helping Children Balance School and Fun highlights a great perspective on setting aside valuable time for our kids and ourselves. It can be easy to let responsibilities and errands run our days, but it is essential to take time to rejuvenate so that we can be our best and do our best.
We found some great suggestions for fun activities to start off the school year. With the autumn months rolling in, we love this Fun Fall Activities Checklist from Real Simple for awesome ideas to fill the evenings and weekends with family fun. If your kids are looking for their next adventure in a great big book, Common Sense Media’s What to Read Next: Great Reads for September 2015 provides titles for kids of all ages. Or if they want to make a rocket ship or a diet coke geyser, these 10 Easy Science Fair Projects for Kids will provide hours of entertainment right at home!
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