You got this, Mom!  Even though the kids may be home, you can still focus on prepping your kids for success in the (home) classroom. One of the best things parents can do to help their kids to adjust to the change of pace and perform at their academic peak is to get organized!

Let’s look at the top 10 tips to get your kids off to a great start while learning at home…

  1. Multiply productivity with a ‘school’ station: Clutter can make your head spin. When your head’s spinning, it’s not easy to learn. Collect all those pencils, papers, and folders in a nifty schoolwork station. Keep supplies stocked in a colorful & cute storage center, so your kids can jump right in and blaze through their homework assignments – imagine what they’ll do when they aren’t concerned about finding a stray highlighter or needed eraser!
  2. Snack attacks = no problem: Give your kids the fuel they need by creating a handy snack station! By organizing foods, you can cut much of your lunchtime prep time or after school bites. Bag apples, carrots and other perishable snacks, as well as premade PB&Js, cheese sticks, yogurt, and other munchables and toss them in a drawer in the fridge. Keep a pantry shelf for bags of chips, juice boxes, and sweet treats. This helps kids to minimalize the process of food selection and eat regular, healthy meals.
  3. Dress for success with an organized closet: Take some time on Sunday evenings to plan your kids wardrobe for the week ahead – just like when they are going to school. Make the process super simple by creating hanger labels for each day and pre-select outfits. Young fashionistas can take their time to express their personalities without early morning stress of digging through drawers and laundry baskets to find their favorite go-to items.  It will make the school day at home seem more like a school day at school!                                                                                                                
  4. Organize books and resources: It’s oh so easy for books to go missing in a bustling household. Keep reading books and course books in book baskets where kids can “borrow” and return them as needed. And your young learners will have easy access, which will enable them to study when they need to. They may even find material in there they wouldn’t otherwise explore, which helps to encourage and boost an interest in reading.
  5. Screen time guidelines: Wipe away the worry of disputes over TV/game/computer time by setting guidelines. Put your concentration on what is most important for your kids… schoolwork, outdoor activity time, and online socialization should be considered. Help your kids by using this handy chart to outline what needs to happen before it’s time to plop down in front of a screen.
  6. The meal of champions: Breakfast provides youngsters with the nutrition they need to get going and sustain through their day. Get them off to a great start, just like you do on out-of-home school days. There’s no reason to not start your kid’s day off right!                                                             
  7. Celebrate in style: Parents love to display their child’s schoolwork and awards. Make a special place for such items that they create at home – utilizing magnetic clips to keep these items in order while providing an artistic presentation your kids can take part in and pride in. Or think of a magnetic post-it board that is in clear view in a family-centric area of the home. This little trick keeps messy papers to a minimum and provide a special touch to the display.
  8. Schedule downtime: Make sure you plan to take time for NOTHING. Having time to relax helps young students to reboot and reload, and provides quality family time or solo time – they are both important!