Here it is – already July! It seems like just yesterday we were sharing fun activities that wouldn’t break the bank this summer in and around Boston.
But as a new school year looms, the stress is quickly setting in (for parents and students)! It’s always important to be prepared for a new year by ensuring your child has the necessary school supplies, is familiar with their new teacher and school, and, of course, has their first day outfit already laid out for the big day.
The beginning of the school year is also the perfect time to start new habits, routines and hobbies!
Sure, summer is meant for popsicles for dinner and staying up just a little bit past bedtime, but getting into good habits within the last few weeks of summer can be a game-changer when it comes to that dreaded first wake-up of the new school year.
A great way to start these habits includes waking the kids up a few minutes earlier each day and starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Studies show that “children who skip breakfast will be more sluggish, less attentive, and have less energy to carry out their morning tasks”.
When it comes to afterschool, whether your child gets on the bus and heads home after the final bell rings or if they attend a program like BBTE, provide them with a similar evening routine each day.
This is as simple as having dinner at or around the same time each night followed by homework time or playtime before bed. A great way to end any nightly routine is with a good book! Whether you read to your child or they read to you – reading before bed exercises their brain and prepares them for a full day of learning ahead!
Lastly, the beginning of the school year is also the perfect time to start a new hobby! Most sports or afterschool activities are on the same cycle as the school year, so many activities tend to begin when the school year starts too!
If you’re looking for something new and exciting for your child this upcoming school year, be sure to check out our website for more information about our afterschool programs!