Instruction Wherever You Are!
Our evaluation and instruction for reading, comprehension, and math are available live-online. ×


Back-to-School Tips: Imagine Better Mornings

Feb 20, 2020

Perhaps your kids just spent the summer at camp. Or they spent long hours in the pool or at the beach. Maybe lazy days were spent reconnecting with friends and family. Regardless, the back-to-school transition may be a big change for your family. Why not take this opportunity to establish new habits that contribute to a successful year?

Below, explore ideas on how to make school-day mornings better. We’ve included tips for how to encourage your child to make mental pictures during everyday tasks.  The imagery-language foundation is key to good thinking and communication.

Imagine a better bedtime

If your kids are like most, they spent their summer evenings watching television or movies, or playing video games, staying up later than they should. School’s physical and mental challenges, paired with an earlier wake-up time, call for most kids needing an earlier bedtime during the year. Transitioning about a week before school begins can be helpful. And, depending on your goal bedtime, about 15 to 30 minutes earlier each night is an easy way to adjust.

Tip: When discussing any new healthy habit, try using language that helps create images. For example, instead of just saying, “It is important to go to bed,” add, “What does it look like when you are in class and you are very tired?”

Tip: Establish a simple bedtime routine to discuss and visualize together. For example, instead of merely saying, “Time to brush your teeth!” ask your child to picture: “What do you see yourself doing after you get your pajamas on?”

Imagine getting organized the night before

Set aside time in the evening to get organized for the next day. Packing lunches the night before and having your kids organize their clothes in a tidy pile they can easily grab in the morning can be big time-savers. And, working with them to get their backpacks organized—homework assignments in order, permission slips signed, and packing needed gear for extracurricular activities—can eliminate a lot of “morning madness.”

Tip: Have your kids create mental pictures for the next day. Ask questions to stimulate imagery, such as, “Tomorrow is Tuesday. Where do you see yourself going after school? What do you see yourself wearing [at ballet, tennis, etc.]? Let’s pack it!” 

Imagine a morning schedule

It might seem like a child’s morning responsibilities are so simple, that a schedule couldn’t possibly be required.  But if you find yourself repeating the same orders morning after morning, why not try something new and set an actual schedule? You can do a quick review of it the night before to ensure that your kids understand what they need to do in the morning. And, have them imagine the order of their morning tasks.

Tip: Some kids will benefit from the schedule being written out and available, along with a clock. For example:

6:45 – Wake Up & Make Bed

7:00 – Eat Breakfast

7:15 – Get Dressed, Brush Hair & Brush Teeth

7:30 – Backpack Check & Out the Door

Rather than just reiterating the schedule (“Remember to check your backpack!”), use language that creates images: “What room do you see yourself going to after breakfast?” Connecting language and imagery is a great way to make sure your child understands what needs to be done.

We hope these tips have you imagining better school-day mornings! If you notice your child struggling to get organized or to remember the morning routine, it may be due to a weakness in concept imagery—the ability to create an imaged gestalt (whole) from language. The imagery-language foundation is necessary for comprehension, following oral directions, and higher order thinking skills. 

Stronger visualization skills and better comprehension can help improve your child’s school experience:

To learn more about concept imagery, contact your local learning center.

Double Bay (02) 9328 7119 | Chatswood (02) 9410 1006

Connect with us
Build your child's confidence at school with Lindamood-Bell! Enjoy up to 15% off learning during the school year with our Learn More, Save More offer! Students achieve great results in-person AND live online. Learn more and get started at the link in our profile, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Educators, learn evidence-based interventions with Lindamood-Bell!
Our online PD gives you tools for successful high-dosage tutoring.
Reading, comprehension & math
Use the programs in-person or online
Help students with learning challenges including dyslexia & autism
Strategies for Tier 1, speech, English learners, early learning
Learn a unique, sensory-cognitive approach and help your students catch up and succeed. New dates available for January-May! Register now at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Is your child struggling with math?
Our unique approach develops the imagery-language foundation. Students of all ages can catch up and start enjoying math for the first time. Watch this family's entire testimonial at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Lindamood-Bell Academy helps every student learn to their potential!
✅ Evidence-based programs
✅ Standards-based curriculum
✅ In-person and live online 
We welcome new students year-round—get started at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Students experiencing reading difficulties can gain new skills and get back on track. Our evidence-based instruction is engaging and effective—in person and live online. Watch this family’s entire testimonial and get info at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Don't wait another year to make a switch. There's a better way to learn—with Lindamood-Bell Academy! With rolling admission, your student can enroll now and get back on track with personalized instruction. Attend in person or live online. Get started at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
Our personalized approach and evidence-based instruction make a difference! 
With rolling admission, your student can make the switch and get back on track. Attend in person or live online! Get info at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Our evidence-based instruction is one-to-one, engaging, and effective. Students achieve great results in-person AND live online. Learn more and get started at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Build your child's confidence at school with Lindamood-Bell!
Enjoy up to 15% off learning during the school year!
✔️ Sensory-cognitive 1:1 instruction for reading, math, or comprehension
✔️ After-school homework help, and more!
✔️ Safe, in-center, or live, online.
Get info about Learn More Save More at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
With rolling admissions, Lindamood-Bell Academy can still help your student get on track for a successful school year. Get info at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Give your child foundational skills for school success!
Lindamood-Bell helps students catch up or get ahead in reading, comprehension, or math in a matter of weeks. Get info at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
📣 Teachers and Parents, learn about Dia de Los Muertos with a free lesson packet from Gander Publishing! Enjoy a story and activities designed to develop imagery as a basis for comprehension and critical thinking. Use with Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) or any curriculum. Free download at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Experience success with Lindamood-Bell Academy THIS school year!
Learn about rolling admissions at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Your student can have a successful school year at Lindamood-Bell Academy.
Get started right away with rolling admissions! Learn more and hear from one of our families at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Request Information
Loading ...

Request Information

When you complete our form, we'll send you to our digital information packet and reach out to you shortly.
You may also call us at

Choose at least one option. *
* required

Schedule a Learning
Ability Evaluation

Please fill out the form and we will be in touch to schedule an evaluation.

* required
Chat with a Live Representative