How can you make the start of a new school year easier for your child?
The school year is starting soon. To your child, that means getting up early again, instead of rolling around and sleeping until 10 in the morning, and hitting the books instead of lazing around. Many children (and parents) find this transition quite difficult each time around.
That’s why we’ve prepared a couple of tips which will make your own transition as painless as possible.
Talk about school
Don’t bring up bad times from the previous year; always turn your perspective towards the future.
Talk with your child about the new school year. Are they getting new teachers or new subjects? What are they going to learn in this school year? What are they looking forward to? What are some of their potential fears? Explain to your child that the new school year is an opportunity for a fresh start and that bad moments of the previous year need not necessarily happen again.
New school supplies encourage enthusiasm
First graders usually receive completely new supplies and they can’t wait for school to start. Use the same trick with older children. Buy them something new for the start of the school year as well. A modern bag, a cool notebook or stylish trainers. Go shopping together and let your child choose for themselves. But be careful and buy your child only the things they really need for school. Don’t buy toys.
Prepare the school bag on time
Pencil case, notebooks, books – got it all? Don’t pack the school bag at the last minute. Go through the school supplies with your child at least a couple of days before the start of school. Remove or replace all the things they no longer need.
Take this opportunity to go over last year’s exercise books and revisit the old learning material.
Let them spend time with their friends
School is not just a place of learning, but also an important living space for your child where they spend a great deal of their social life. If your child hasn’t spent much time with their school friends, try to arrange a playdate at least during the last week of the holidays.
Train early rising
The biggest challenge awaits you before school actually starts. Children usually have a hard time getting up early in the morning during the first few days of a new school year. Therefore, you should start changing your child’s daily rhythm by encouraging them to rise early during the last couple of days of the holidays. Of course, the child should go to bed on time as well. A pupil in primary school, for example, requires ten to eleven hours of sleep on average. Somewhat older pupils require eight to nine hours of sleep.
Celebrate the first day of school
If you can, make your child’s first day of school a delight by taking them on a nice trip or spending time with them. Going to the zoo, swimming, or just going for a pizza and ice-cream will make the start of school seem much more fun.