Back to School!
Whether your child is entering preschool or kindergarten, starting school for the first time can be stressful for kids as well as parents. There are several things parents can do to alleviate the first day “jitters” for their child and themselves. Being prepared ahead of time will help prevent many of the problems that can occur on that first day at school!
Visit the School Together:
Visit the school and check out your child’s classroom. Find the bathrooms and cafeteria together, walking through the school beforehand can help take away the anxiety of being at a new place.
Ask for a School Handbook:
Set aside time to review the school handbook together, so your kids will know the rules and understand what will be expected of them. Most schools outline their rules and expectations in a district wide handbook!
Go Shopping Together:
Shopping for new school supplies together is a fun tradition that will help your children mark the transition between summer and school days. Let them have a choice about what to buy, keeping in mind budget and the school supply list. The more say children have, the more likely they are to anticipate the new school year with a positive attitude. Although that Ninja Turtles or Rainbow Unicorn backpack may make you cringe, it could be the difference between a rough start and excitement for their first day at school with their favorite backpack!
Ask for a Class List:
Try to obtain a student roster for your child’s upcoming class to arrange play dates, the children can get to know one another before school starts. Seeing families and friendly faces on that first day will help your child feel more comfortable. They can arrange a place to meet on the first day and walk into their new class together, how cute!
Make Time to Meet the Teacher:
If there is an opportunity, have your child to meet their new teacher before the first day of school. Parents can also help kids learn the new teacher’s name and how to spell it. Have your child draw a picture to give to the teacher on the first day, we love this idea.
Discuss Daily Schedules:
If kids know what keeps their parents busy throughout the day, they can make the connection with going to school. When you sit down at the dinner table each night, take some time to discuss the events that occurred at school that day along with what’s hapening tomorrow too!
Have everything ready ahead of time! Pack your child’s lunch and help them pick out their favorite outfit the night before. Lay out all their supplies so they can grab them first thing in the morning, without having to race around to find things last minute. You can even create a “command center” somewhere in your home, this would be a great place to store homework folders & field trip papers!
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Plan for Some Special Time:
As school approaches, spending extra time with your child can make them feel more secure while they are away from you. Set incentives for good grades and appropriate behavior in school, whether it’s an ice cream date or seeing a new movie in theaters…a small incentive does wonders! Also, don’t linger on that first morning because it only delay the inevitable! Instead, plan for some together time after school is over. With a little help from you, your child can have a great experience at school and grow to love learning.