How to Prepare Your Children for Back to School
Get Back to the Routine
Summertime is often when schedules, bed times, routines, and structure are thrown out the window. Kids stay up late, lie around the house, and avoid thinking of anything related to school all summer long. A few weeks before school starts again, it is a good idea to begin enforcing the school-year schedule. This includes going to bed at a reasonable hour and putting aside some time to work on skills they will focus on in the upcoming year.
One of the easiest things you can do to get your children excited about school is involving them in the process of back-to-school shopping. In some cases, the school may require uniforms; but your children can always express themselves with cool school supplies. Allowing them to help pick out some, if not all, of the supplies will help – they may be more eager to use the supplies if they had a hand in selecting them!
If there is a back-to-school night or orientation, make an effort to attend! It will help to lessen any anxieties your children may feel about the new school year. They will be able to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and maybe even see some friends they’ve missed over the summer holiday. It is especially important for children entering Kindergarten, so that they can become familiar with their new school and teacher.
Ask your children how they feel about returning to school and listen to their concerns, if they have any. Help them develop a plan on how to deal with things that are bothering them. Continue talking after school starts to gauge how well your children are adjusting.
While a new school year may be daunting, preparing your child can help to make the transition smooth and enjoyable for everyone. Good luck!