Summer break has come and gone, and families are gearing up for a new school year. For some, that transition from summer vacation to the classroom can be difficult. Here are four easy ways to make that transition smooth and set up your child for success this school year.
- Get the sleep schedule back on track. It can be hard for kids to jump back into the rigid routine of school. Help them adjust back to their school year sleeping routine by tucking them into bed and waking them up 10 minutes earlier every day for a few weeks. They’ll soon become reaccustomed to their school year hours.
- Gear up. Let your child pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, clothes and school supplies. It will make back to school shopping much more fun and get them excited to show off their new things to their classmates come the first day of school.
- Be an informed parent. If there are parent/student orientations available, attend them and use that time to learn about your child’s school, teacher(s), upcoming events and curriculum. This will empower you and keep you involved in your child’s education.
- Fear not. There can be a lot of anxiety surrounding the first day (or week) of school. Conquer the fear of returning to school by talking with your child about the new experiences, knowledge and friends they will make. Engage in positive conversations about school by asking your child questions about their day and celebrating accomplishments such as making a new friend or raising their hand in class.
We hope these tips help to make you and your family’s transition smooth this August. With a little preparation, your child will have just as much fun at school as they did over summer break.