As the sun begins to set on the lazy days of summer, the bustling rhythm of the school year starts to fill the air. It’s time to trade in your beach towels for backpacks and get ready to head back to class! Whether you’re a seasoned pro at this annual transition or a fresh-faced parent preparing for your child’s first day, we’ve got you covered with 5 top back-to-school tips to kick-start the school year on the right foot!

Establish Consistent Routines

As the alarm clock’s chime becomes a familiar sound once more, it’s crucial to establish consistent routines that help both you and your child smoothly transition back into the academic routine. From waking up at the same time each day to maintaining regular meal schedules, these routines provide a stable foundation amidst the whirlwind of classroom activities. And don’t forget to carve out designated periods for homework – a practice that not only ensures academic progress but also reinforces a sense of structure.

Encourage Reading

The magic of reading is a gift that keeps on giving. By offering your child access to a diverse array of books and reading materials, you’re opening the door to enhanced vocabulary, improved comprehension, and the stimulation of creativity and critical thinking. Many of our vibrant communities are conveniently situated near local libraries, making literary exploration a breeze!

Create a Productive Study Environment

The power of a well-designed study space cannot be underestimated. A quiet and organized environment at home where your child can dive into their studies can make a world of difference in improving their focus . Minimize distractions, equip them with the necessary supplies, and be available to provide guidance when needed. And if you’re on the lookout for a new home, consider an Activa home with a dedicated workspace – the ultimate fusion of comfort and productivity.

Encourage Healthy Habits

A healthy body fuels a healthy mind, and that’s a mantra worth embracing. Ensure your child gets the rejuvenating sleep they need, enjoys balanced and nutritious meals, and participates in physical activities that invigorate both body and mind. In fact, many of our vibrant neighbourhoods boast green spaces, parks, and trails that beckon for outdoor adventures – a perfect fit for maintaining an active lifestyle (it’s in our name after all).

See some of the amenities near our communities that are ready to keep both your mind and body active!

Trussler West:

  • NEW Trussler West Community Park and Trails
  • Forest Heights Library
  • Activa Sportsplex
  • Manheim Community Centre


Harvest Park:

  • Groh Park
  • Sedgewood Park
  • Huron Community Centre
  • Pioneer Park Library
  • Doon Library


Vista Hills:

  • Stork Family YMCA
  • Waterloo Public Library – John M. Harper Branch
  • Autumn Willow Park
  • Sundew Park


Trailside Towns:

  • Rim Park Recreation Complex
  • Waterloo Public Library – Eastside Branch
  • Millstream Park
  • Carriage Crossing Park

Foster a Positive Mindset

Life is a journey filled with challenges, and the school environment is no exception. Encourage your child to approach challenges with a positive mindset, reframing mistakes as stepping stones on the path to learning. Celebrate their victories, big or small,  as these celebrations nurture the seeds of self-confidence. With the right attitude toward learning, your child will be empowered to embrace exploration and excel in their academic endeavours.

As you gear up for the academic journey ahead, one essential piece of the puzzle remains: finding the ideal school for your child. Curious about the school district near your new Activa home? Visit the Waterloo Region District School Board’s and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s websites to learn more!

The transition from summer’s freedom to the structured routine of the school year can be a seamless one with the right strategies in place. Together, these pillars will pave the way for a successful and exciting academic year for you and your child!

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