Ideas for: After-School Routines
As the kids get back to school and routines start to unfold, having an after-school routine structured and established not only helps children focus, but contributes to their learning and development. This intentional support allows kids to learn about balancing work and fun and helps them build upon real-world skills that will be required more and more as they progress through life. Our ideas for after-school routines help inspire ways to make your kids’ time more efficient, effective, and productive.
- Have your kids get involved in after-school activities. Sports, dance, music, all stimulate different areas of the brain to contribute to their development.
- Seek out an after-school sitter to help if both parents work
- Utilize technology with apps like iHomework that organizes your kids’ homework and tasks.
- Set rules on screen time usage (iPad, computer, phones)
- Schedule “Family Time” during the week and have it be consistent
- Establish the “Homework Area” and remove all distractions from that area
- Use an iPhone alarm to work on having your kids focused for a specific amount of time
- Organize all school supplies in labeled clear-plastic bins
- Teach your kids about prioritizing by having them make to-do lists with deadlines based on their assignments
- Develop a filing system with your kids that allows them to start organizing their school work
- To regain focus, allow your children a short break after each assignment they complete
- Create an after-school schedule: snacks, homework, play time, etc.
- Pack their lunches the night before
- Have your kids pack up their backpacks before bed with everything they need
- Remove mobile devices and similar electronics from kids’ bedrooms to ensure a good nights sleep
- Enforce regular weekday bedtimes. Having good bedtime habits increases better behavior, focuses, and overall well-being
By Sasha Lewis