Tips to Get Your Child Ready to Go Back to School
By: Giany Mejia
Here we are again! Summer is coming to a close and all the essentials are being purchased - pencils, composition books, calculators. It’s a time of year that parents and children look forward to, but not without some anxiety and stress. To ease the transition from vacation to classroom, it is best to come up with a plan. The tips below, provided by the National Association of School Psychologists, will assist parents in establishing an early morning routine. Following each of these will ensure that your little one is ready for the exciting year ahead.
- Begin to establish a mealtime and bedtime routine before school starts to help your child get out of the habit of sleeping late, which so many children do over the summer.
- Encourage your child to play a quiet game or do some reading instead of watching television during the morning.
- Designate an appropriate place to do homework. For children who often need assistance and encouragement, this area could be in the kitchen or dining room.
- Always seem enthusiastic and excited about the first day of school and every school day after that.
- If this will be a new school, take a visit to the school, classroom, lunchroom and restrooms. This should help your child familiarize themselves with their new school.
- Take time to discuss with your child anything that may be worrying them about the first day or the school year in general.
- Try your best to stay involved in school events. Though work schedules make get in the way, remember that children whose parents get involved are more likely to perform better in school.
To parents and children, best of luck and have a happy, healthy school year!