As we prepare for the new school year we pray that our children are able to be successful in their academic endeavors. We pray that the Lord bless them in knowledge and skill so that learning comes natural for them and that they have wisdom about their choices.
Our obligation as a parent does not stop there. Praying is a start. Then we have to provide a proper environment for our children.
Before school do they receive proper nutrition? Not everybody is Suzy Homemaker, but a nutritious breakfast can be fairly easy. Oatmeal, eggs and toast, low sugar cereal... there is plenty out there. Do what works for your family, just know that breakfast is the meal that wakes up your brain.
After school do they have a homework zone? Some kids need absolutely no distractions when doing their homework while others like to be in the kitchen while mom is preparing dinner. Other kids need to be able to get their energy ran out for about 30-60 minutes before focusing on homework. Every child is different, and that is okay. Set rules for each child and make sure expectations are understood and held to.
This back to school post is focused mostly for those that go to school, but it can also work for homeschoolers also. Nutrition is vital to the child being taught and to the teacher that is teaching. You can not run on an empty stomach. Schooling zones need to be dedicated for boundaries. During class or school time, it is time for education not play even if it is fun and enjoyable.
Does your family cling to a bible verse when it comes to education?
What are some nutritious but fast breakfasts that your family use?
What is special about your homework zone?