Getting into the swing of the school year can be hard. Waking up early and following a morning routine doesn’t always happen naturally!
If your camper (and you!) are already dragging after the first few days of school, here are some things your camper did this summer that can make back-to-school mornings a little easier:
- Preparing as much as possible the night before. Laying out the next day’s clothes and helping your camper pack their backpack can cut out early morning guesswork when everyone is still in a sleepy haze.
- Following a calendar of activities. During the summer, each cabin has a calendar of the activities for the term and each camper follows their own individual schedule. Having an easily accessible schedule helps kids feel more ownership over their days!
|PM Pack: Goggles, swim suit, cap||Swim Team Practice @ 4pm
PM Pack: LAX pinnie, stick, pads
|Lacrosse Practice @ 5:30pm
PM Pack: Latin book
|Latin Club meeting after school||
PM Pack: Spirit shirt
|Football Game @ 7pm|
- Tidying up in the morning. Cleaning doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul. Each morning at camp, campers straighten up their things and make their beds. Set a time where your camper knows it’s time to finish getting ready and time to start cleaning up. You’ll be amazed at the difference! If your camper needs a morning boost of energy, try playing music to get them moving. Need some musical inspiration? Click here for the songs of Lonehollow 2016!
- Set a bedtime routine. Mornings are much easier after a goodnight’s sleep. At home, try and shut down screen time about an hour before bed. At camp, cabins will sometimes read a chapter of a book each night, take turns telling parts of a story back and forth, and play quiet card games as a way to wind down from a busy day.
Getting back to the grind can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be if your camper continues to use the skills he/she built during the summer. We’re geared up for the start of a new school year!