School will start soon and each family responds differently to the impending changes. As a matter of fact, within one family there could be varied responses between students and parents. We’ve got 5 easy things you can do to make life a little easier when it is time to start school.
1- Talk! Talk! Talk! Find out how your child is feeling and what is on their mind. Take advantage of the nice weather to go for a walk and discuss the excitement, nerves and other emotions that children or parents might be dealing with.
2- Switch schedules. If your family is like mine you may allow greater flexibility when it comes to bed time and morning routines. Start the process of moving back to a consistent schedule that will allow for the 10-12 recommended hours of sleep for elementary school students.
3- Rekindle friendships. Plan a time to connect with a school friend at the park or even exchange a brief phone call with a classmate.
4- Drop by your school. If your child’s school doesn’t schedule an open house or if you have to miss the scheduled event, spend some time visiting the school playground to talk about which door to go in, where to line up and who they will see. Even just playing at the playground makes some kids more comfortable on the first day.
5- Get organized. Have a place for doing homework, room for lunch supplies, hooks for backpacks, room in closets, etc.
6- Make memories. Fit some last minute fun and laughs in before the school schedule begins and talk about all of the memories you plan to make together after school starts. A new school year is not the end of summer but the beginning of another great year. Be sure that you talk about it with emphasis on all of the enjoyment that is to come.
8- Choose a quality After-School program so that your child has one more thing to look forward to each day! After-school programs keep kids safe, help working parents and inspire learning. Kids can complete homework, make friends and learn new things!
-Heather DeWit, Director of Childcare and Education Services