Is it over already? As summer vacation draws to a close, don’t let the start of the school year sneak up and catch you off guard. These helpful tips will help your family be fierce on the first day of school.
Many children find themselves feeling anxious or nervous about the first day of school. Reassure your child that he/she is not the only one having those feelings and help to ease any anxieties or concerns they may have. If your child is transitioning to a new school, visiting before the first day can help ease worries.
Start getting back into the daily rhythm of school life by re-establishing your routine at least two weeks before the start of the school year. Set a daily bedtime and time to wake up, have breakfast, and participate in educational activities. Visiting museums or libraries, having daily reading time, and reviewing necessary skills for the upcoming grade-level can all help get the brain back to thinking in “school mode.”
Create a well-lit and quiet place where your child can sit and do homework. Make sure your child has access to supplies he/she may need. If you already have a designated homework area, consider refreshing and restocking supplies. Having a place conducive to learning will encourage your child to be more productive and organized, making homework time less frustrating for everyone.
Check your school’s website for a list of supplies students may need for their grade level. If one is posted, get a head start and buy supplies early. Get your child excited and let them go shopping with you. You will avoid the rush and students will feel prepared and confident on the first day.
Decide how your child will get to school in the morning and return home. Make sure any necessary arrangements for before or after school care and school bus pick-up/drop-off have been made before the first day. If you will be picking your child up, familiarize yourself with the school’s dismissal policy to avoid any confusion.