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Category : Parenting Tips

Why Being on Time to School Matters - Tips to Get Your Child to School on Time

Wednesday , July 17 , 2019

We all know the importance of being on time to school, to work, or to appointments. Teachers arrive at school early to ensure that the final preparations are ready for the full day of teaching. Arriving at school 10 minutes late causes a disruption to the entire class, not just the teacher who has already started teaching the lesson. If a student arrives 10 minutes late each day, think about how much instructional time is lost throughout the school year. 

Here are a few tips to help establish a more efficient daily routine.

Wake Up Earlier 

Set the alarm for not only yourself but for your children at least 15 minutes earlier than you would wake up. If you find that you need a little more time for your morning routine, add an additional 5 minutes to your alarm.

Layout Clothes the Night Before

What to wear seems to be one of the most time-consuming tasks in the morning. Have your child pick out his or her clothes, including socks and shoes, the night before. 

Pack Backpacks and Lunchboxes the Night Before

Each evening after homework is completed and checked, have your child put everything back in the backpack. Getting a head start on lunches is easy. After dinner, have your child help pack his or her lunchbox. This could be as easy as putting fruits and vegetable in sealed containers and preparing water bottles for tomorrow’s lunch. In the morning, you’ll just need to make the sandwiches as your child brushes his or her teeth.

Create a “Last Stop” Area

The ideal place for your last stop area is near the door you leave from each morning whether it’s your garage door or front door. This is where you’ll place your keys, backpacks or musical instruments each evening. It’s a good idea to have a spot for other seasonal items such as jackets, sweaters or umbrellas.  

Pack the Car

Once you’ve finished putting the final touches to your child’s lunch, it’s time to pack the car. Since everything you have to pack is in the last stop area, you won’t be running around the house looking for the items.

Being organized and having your child arrive at school on time helps reduce classroom interruptions and distractions allowing teachers to focus on teaching lessons to all students. Try making doctor or dentist appointments after school so that your child doesn't miss a minute of learning.