It’s coming to that time of the year, again! Perhaps this is a new school, or your kids are just starting a new grade level. The first day of school can be a tough transition.
Parents play a key role in helping their children getting back into the swing of things for the new school year, simply by planning ahead. Here are some tips for helping our children start the school year off right with smooth sailing.
Waking Up Early
Make sure you start early with easing your children with preparing into their new school routine for the new year. If you know that your children have been spending their holiday by staying up late into the night, and sleeping well into the afternoon, then you should start by having them wake up earlier every morning, and setting their bedtimes earlier every night. You may want to consider moving their bedtime earlier, about 15-20 minutes every night, and waking them earlier, about 15-20 minutes in the mornings. This whole process should start around a week and a half before your child starts their first day of going back to school. Make sure to impose the rule until they are back into their normal sleeping schedule.
Make sure your children are organised. It doesn’t matter if your child is starting Primary 1 or 2 with very little homework assignments, or in upper primary with many school activities; providing them with a planner will help organize your child’s tasks. Parents may also consider implementing one large calendar that the whole family can utilize, or even a task board where everyone can see each day. This will help children become more aware of their obligations, as well as life as a family altogether.
Make sure you plan ahead. Are transportation plans confirmed? Are they going to be taking the bus this year? Are they going to be taking a ride with either parent or a family member? Are you going to let them try going to school or coming home on their own? Who is taking care of them after school?
Books and Materials
Have the books been bought? What about school bags, water bottles and stationary? What about batteries and calculators and thermometers? Have the kids grown over the holiday and need new uniform and shoes?
Try creating a station for homework, as well. You can designate a special area that is just studying, and homework. This is going to provide more consistency, as well as create a comfortable learning environment where your child can be more productive within your home.
Schedule your child a play date with their friends. The first day, as we all remember can sometimes be a big transition after the long holidays. At the same time, it may be time to re look into any enrichment or tuition schedule or arrangement. Back to school is an exciting time but it can also call for some adjustments for kids and parents alike.