A more relaxed school routine with HABA

The start of school is an exciting and eventful time for the whole family! Lots of exciting things are happening: In the morning the alarm goes off a little earlier, in the afternoon there is homework to do and new friends come to the house. Hustle and bustle for the whole family! But with a few small tips and tricks you can keep a cool head amongst the chaos of new school timetables, homework and other tasks, and can make the new school day more relaxed for you and your child.

Start the day well rested


It's not the early bird who catches the worm, but the well-rested one! Primary-school age children still need a lot of sleep to be ready for school the next morning. Actually it makes sense, but is easily forgotten: Children who listen attentively in the morning and actively participate have an easier time with homework in the afternoon. Encourage your child to pay attention in class and to participate. But children can only concentrate if they are well rested. Is your child a little night owl? Recurring rituals, such as playing together, reading or telling stories, let the day come to a gradual end, and make going to bed easier.

Learning with a system

Not many students enjoy homework; instead they find it incredibly boring and put it off as long as possible. "We didn't get any homework" or "I've already done it" are often the answers when parents ask. But often they've only done part of the homework or did it too quickly. Learning is generally easier and more fun if children complete their tasks systematically. The more routine they have the better. That's why you should decide when is best for your child to do their homework. Do they need a short nap first? Does your child want to play or run around first before it does the homework? Each child is different and being flexible about when the homework needs to be done makes the daily routine easier.

Practice time management and encourage independence

Routines are easier when the daily schedule is structured. One idea is to create a day or week planner with your child. When is it time to do homework? How much time do various activities need? If there are recurring appointments or tasks in the afternoons, this should be illustrated in the weekly planner. So that structuring your time is even more fun, we've designed two cool schedules which are available to download. Schedule Mini Monster and schedule Vicki & Pirli. Over time your child will automatically get a feel for what needs to be done when. And you save yourself unneeded discussions! It is a relief for all parents if the child can pack its school bag independently. This won't happen on the first day of school, but after a few weeks at school the routine and sense of responsibility for learning utensils will increase. Help them at the start and give them tips so that your child can learn to do it themselves. This includes a tidy desk, at which they can concentrate and learn without distractions. 

Praise and reward


Whether they are in first or fifth grade ... praise is always very good for children and is a balm for the soul. Did your child finish their homework particularly fast or did they get a good grade at school? Then it's time for praise or a small reward. Good ideas for this are a delicious fruit snack, their favorite pudding, a family picnic in the park or a DVD afternoon with popcorn. It doesn't have to be anything big, even small tokens make the child happy and give their confidence an extra boost. And the next task will be done in no time!

Allow free time


Music school, swimming, football, little athletics or riding – activities are a good thing for children. But leisure time is equally important – truly free time, when your child can decide for itself what it wants to do: Paint, craft, cycle or simple daydream. Free time is important! Experts now believe that children need to be allowed to get bored in order to become creative. Boredom is a good thing, not a bad one! Because in the quiet moments when they are doing nothing, children can let their imagination run wild and develop their own ideas.

Learn in everyday life

Children don't just learn at the desk, but also incidentally as part of everyday family life – for example when baking and cooking, when ingredients are weighed or quantities are measured. Use a rainy afternoon to bake muffins, cake pops or a cake. HABA has plenty of fun and decorative baking utensils in the Family Food Stars range. Shopping is also a great opportunity for math calculations. Patience and concentration – important behaviors for learning – can be trained in play: Play with your child often – whether puzzles, card games or children's games.