Going back to school is a very exciting time, but it can also be challenging for your child to transition from the relaxing days of summer to a daily school routine. Below we have a few methods that can make this a smooth transition:
At least two weeks before the school year begins, start setting your child’s bedtime 10 minutes earlier each night. In addition, have them wake up 10 minutes earlier each day. Do this until your child’s sleeping schedule aligns with the schedule they will require during the school year. This way, they won’t have difficulty falling asleep and waking up earlier when the time comes.
An excellent tactic for getting your child excited about the school year is by taking them back to school shopping. Rather than make this a task only for you, get your child involved. Let them pick out pencils, notepads, crayons, backpacks, and other supplies that they may need. Your child will love the fact that they picked out their own gear, and will feel a little better about summer coming to an end.
Typically, your child will have the same routine each school day – brushing teeth, eating breakfast, arriving at school, eating lunch, etc. To get your child used to this daily school routine, try incorporating a school schedule towards the end of summer. In place of the school work they would be doing during this time, have your child do some reading. Reading is an important way to keep your child’s mind active and prepares them for the work they will be doing once school is in session.
Even if you have attended the school before, driving past the school can help them get a visual reference of where they will be attending. If your school hosts an orientation before class is in session, that’s even better! Mark your calendar so you can meet with teachers and get a better idea of what to expect during the school year. Children will feel more comfortable after seeing the school in person and getting familiar with navigating the halls.
The best way to ease this transition is to talk to your child! Let them understand that summer is coming to an end and a new season is about to begin. Encourage them to feel excited about it – try hanging up a fun countdown in your house or arrange a playdate with one of their classmates. Most importantly, ask them about any concerns they may have. It is normal for your child to be nervous, but you can help them feel better by answering questions and giving advice.
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