Back To School TipsJuly 23, 2021
It is hard to believe that summer is nearly over and school is just around the corner! Here are some tips you can use to ease your family’s transition.
1. Younger children have fewer opportunities to see their pals over the summer break, and this can make them feel nervous about resuming friendships in the fall. Help ease your child’s anxiety by setting up playtime with his friends before school begins. This will give them all a chance to get reacquainted before the big day.
2. Take advantage of your school’s registration day or open house, and walk your child around the building. Let her meet her new teacher, find her classroom, and locate her desk. Help her introduce herself to other children, so she will see friendly faces the first day.
3. Back-to-school shopping is a great way to build excitement about the new school year. Allow your students to make choices about the school supplies you purchase from the color of the notebooks and folders to the style of backpack and lunchbox. Letting them make their own decisions helps them feel more in control and gives them the opportunity to take part in preparing for the year.
4. Set up a homework station in your home to help reinforce good study habits. You can decide if your child needs to study in a quiet area with fewer distractions, or if he should be at the kitchen table so he can ask for help while you’re cooking dinner. Make sure supplies are stored nearby, so he’s not wasting precious time searching for paper and pencils.
5. Getting back into a proper sleep schedule is the most overlooked aspect of preparing for school. At least a week before, reestablish bedtime routines. Every day you should set the alarm thirty minutes earlier until you reach the appropriate wake-up time. If you’re consistent, this will make the mornings that first week of school go much more smoothly.
6. Finally, enjoy these last days of summer. Let your family relax. If he wants to lay in the grass and stare at the clouds, let him. If your daughter wants to sprawl on the couch and read all afternoon, that’s okay. Downtime is important, and you want your children to feel rested and refreshed, so they are ready for the rigor of school.