Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Successful Return To School

As families across British Columbia get ready for Sept. 7 when students and teachers head back to the classroom, here are sometips to help families prepare for the start of the new school year.

* Check what time your child’s classes start. Students in differentgrades may start at different times.

* Get your children used to the back-to-school routine before the firstday of school by having them shift to their school bedtime and wake-uproutine the week before school begins. Parents play a key role during the school year by keeping their childrensafe and healthy. Here are some ways to achieve this:

* Make sure your children eat breakfast every day so their minds have the fuel they need to learn.

* Keep nutritious snacks, like cut-up fruit and vegetables, cheesesticks, low-fat yogurt and butter-free popcorn on hand to make healthyeating easier.

* Schedule regular dental and any necessary medical checkups for yourchildren.

* Ensure your children’s backpacks are no more than 10 to 20 per cent oftheir bodyweight and that your children use both shoulder straps.

* Make sure your children know safe routes to and from school. Start aWalking School Bus or Bicycle Train program in your neighbourhood, or find out how your children can join an existing one.

* Limit your children’s screen time. Explain to your children that it’simportant to sit less and move more in order to stay at a healthyweight. Students are often more successful in school when they develop goodstudy habits early on. Parents can help their children study by:

* Setting up a homework area away from the television and with adequatesupplies and lighting.

* Setting up a regular time to work together with your children.* Letting your children see you reading and setting aside time each dayto read as a family.

* Keeping an assignment calendar on the fridge or bulletin board forquick reference of due dates, exams and other activities.

This information bulletin is available in French at:

10/tips-success_fr.pdf In Chinese at:

10/tips-success_ch.pdf In Punjabi at:

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