It’s back to school time and children, parents, and teachers are scrambling to get started and do things right. For me, as a teacher, I love back to school. I still get new supplies and I’m proud of it! Help ease your child back to school and make the year successful by following a few tried and true tips.
- Start a routine even before school starts. Make mealtime specific and have a clear bedtime routine. Always have a school routine that includes putting clothes out for the next day and getting any paper and supplies ready.
- Read, read, read. Read all those notices that come home and have a special dated place for them. Look at any homework and set aside a designated homework and review time. Outside activity should not interfere with what is most important.
- Get back to school gear. Shopping for school items signals to your child that this time of year is important. Get a teacher list or make your own. Make certain that your child has at least two pairs of well-fitting shoes or sneakers for school (switch off and on). Clothes should be comfortable.
- Talk to or write to the teacher. Find out about the teacher’s expectations for the class. Give information on your child’s personality. It’s important for us to know. Try to find out about the teacher’s personality—is she a go by the rules; is he a pack on the homework sort of guy; is discipline of the utmost importance; or is the classroom a little casual?
- Ease emotions through roleplay. Demonstrate a potential school problem and then act out how to handle it. Examples- forgetting lunch or lunch money, being lost, bullying, losing a book, etc.
- Be a positive example. Talk about the fun and new things about each day rather than problems or only social things.
Ready-set-go! Emphasis on the ready. Have a great school year.