Next week kicks off the time of the year a lot of parents can't wait for and a lot of kids dread. For most in Kern County, the new school year starts on Monday and, to kids, that means making the transition from care-free summer to a new school routine.
Starting next week, kids will be back in school after three months of vacation but don't be surprised if they seem a little sluggish for the first few weeks. There are some common mistakes parents make when its back to school time.
Doctors say kids usually need a good month to fully make the transition back to a school schedule. By slowly adjusting sleep schedules and eating habits into a schedule, kids can ease into a new routine. While kids are making the adjustment, it may take a toll on their studies.
"For the first couple of classes, they're not awake and they don't even know what they're saying and the last couple of classes, they're worn out because they've been up for so long and so they're falling asleep in school. And if they're off their eating schedule, that can also have them getting into a situation where they're drowsy because the nutrition isn't there when they need it."
Another bit of advice from teachers is to start reviewing math and reading skills with your kids before school starts. Those first few days are often filled with different tests that measure how much your child knows.