With back-to-school right around the corner, both parents and kids find themselves anxious and excited all-in-one! Whether it’s starting a new school, going from elementary to middle school, or simply getting back into the routine, it helps to have some tips and advice to make it happen.
Well, here is a list that can help parents help their kids make the grade this year!
1. Meet the teacher Whether you have known her for years or she is brand new to the school, take time out of your schedule to meet your child’s teacher. Ask questions, get an idea of her instruction style, learn what her expectations are and tell her yours. It is extremely important that you create an open line of communication with your child’s teacher from the very beginning. Breaking the ice early on will calm the fears of everyone involved!
2. Take a tour of the school If there is an open house night before the start of school, make sure to attend. Even if your child has been at that school since kindergarten, it is important that they get the lay of the land of their new grade before that first day. Together, you find their desk, explore the playground, and more. This will help your child refresh their memory and get ready to make new ones.
3. Make sure all school supplies are in order Being prepared for the first day of school is essential to a positive learning environment and good start to the beginning of the year. Get a copy of your child’s supply list and either take a special shopping trip, take advantage of back-to-school supply drives and give-a-ways to make sure that they are ready to start school with what they need. Splurge on that favorite-colored backpack or that neat pen set. This will make school more fun!
4. Ease into the routine Switching from summer to a school schedule is not fun for anyone involved. Ease into getting back into the swing of things, avoiding first-day chaos! A few days out, set the alarm, go through morning routines, even drive the route to school or to the bus stop. Children thrive on routine and you will notice that on the first day, it will more than likely be smooth sailing.