Back to School/First Day of School
Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activity, structure, and, for some, pressures associated with school life. The degree of adjustment depends on the child, but parents can help their children (and the rest of the family) manage the increased pace of life by planning ahead, being realistic, and maintaining a positive attitude.
- Review the materials that are sent by the school
- Buy school supplies early
- Turn off the TV! Encourage your children to play quiet games, do puzzles, review flash cards, color, or read as early morning activities instead of watching television. This will help ease them into the learning process and school routine.
- Ease into the child’s school sleeping schedule. Having enough sleep is one of the most important tools students can bring with them to succeed. Start your child’s new sleeping schedule two weeks ahead of the first day school in 15 minute inreaments.
- Visit school before the first day. Bring your child to campus or have them play on the grounds during the summer. This will make the anxiety of the first day of school not as stressful since somethings will be familiar.
- Designate a study/homework area
- Freeze a few dinners! The first few days might be stressful for the entire household. make it easy on yourself and prepare dinners ahead of time so there is one less thing to worry about.
- School Readiness: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/handouts/schoolreadiness.pdf
- National Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.naeyc.org/