By: Yasmine Burd Sidekick/Supervisor
With the start of school fast approaching, it can seem like a daunting task to get a child back in a school mentality. Below are 5 tips to help ease the transition from summertime to a school routine:
1. Go into the school prior to the first day. This is the time for the parent and child to find the child's new classroom and to become familiar with the route of arriving/leaving from the drop off location.
2. Prepare your child. Have a small conversation with your child the days leading up to school about school starting up. Change is difficult for many children and preparing your child early in knowing a big change in their schedule is going to happen will help with reducing a potential melt down and frustration. Have your child assist in the shopping for school materials. This will help to ensure that your child gets the right brand, color, or texture of the required materials, if your child is particular about their items.
3. Consistency is key. Establish a morning and after school routine and stick to it. The more consistent the parent and child are to following the routine, the more your child will start to develop independent skills. Practice the routines with your child prior to the start of school. Go over where their backpack will be, appropriate places to complete homework, etc. Also keep consistency with color coding and labeling school supplies. If one folder has the child's name, home room teacher and room number, then all folders need to have the same information. Furthermore, if a blue folder is labeled "Math," then the blue notebook needs to also be "Math.”
4. Be open and honest with your child's teacher. It can be overwhelming with receiving welcome letters and parent surveys to fill out, but this is the time to be detailed in your responses. Teachers want as much information about your child as possible in the first few days of forming a connection. You know your child the best and teachers are looking for any type of guidance to best support your child's learning. So let the teacher know what strategies at home work well with your child when he/she are frustrated or send in items that help soothe your child if it is a fidget item or chew toy to help with attention.
5. Continue the conversation at home. Talk to your child about their day and see if connections can be made with the learning that is occurring in the classroom to their own experiences. Having a brief conversation about their learning will help your child to process, understand, and generalize their new knowledge.