Term 1 is only a few weeks away and I can hear your sigh of relief from here! As much fun as holidays are for all of us, it’s time to start thinking about the new school year and take a couple of steps towards getting your children fired up and ready for term 1.
Studies have shown that it takes about 3 weeks for the average student to reach their maximum performance after such a long break – and I can vouch for this! I remember it taking ages for me to remember how to hold a pen!
If you start now, it will give them a huge advantage once school goes back – meaning they can hit the ground running on day 1.
Here are 4 simple steps to take now to get them ready for term 1.
1. Get them reading every day
Reading is something that often gets ignored in the holidays because pretty much everything else is much more important to young people. Get them to take out 30 minutes a day and read something. It can be a novel, or a non-fiction article, or even the newspaper. Just get them expanding that mind – and make it paper and not digital (to avoid the distractions that come with computer screens and ipads).
2. Start adjusting their wake up times.
If you have teenagers you may not have seen them before midday for the last 4 weeks. Sleep cycles can take a while to adjust, so start now. Try getting them to bed a bit earlier, and be a monster by waking them up a little earlier each day until they are getting close to school wake up time. This will make the first day of term much easier for everyone!
3. Get them doing something creative
Creativity is often crushed by video games and Netflix. Get them doing something creative daily – writing a story, drawing a picture, playing some music. The creative muscle is just that; a muscle – and if it isn’t used it gets smaller and smaller.
4. For those who really want success in 2017, get them revising 2016 and studying up on the year ahead!
If you have a high performing child, these next few weeks provide a golden opportunity for them to gain an advantage. We can always tell those who are serious about excelling because they start up with a tutor before school starts. It places them in an incredible position when school starts having already spent time revising and preparing. If this sounds like your child, get in touch today and we can organise a session for you before school goes back!
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