5 Essential Tips to Prep Your Child for Back to School
Some families dread to hear the words “back to school” again. Television ads about back to school remind you constantly that it is time to prepare your kids for school again.
What will you do to prep your children for school? Feeling stressed out? Are your kids anxious to return?
Help your child ease into the new school year by using some of these tips suggested.
Here are 5 tips that will help parents launch their kids into the new school year.
1. Routines. Return to a routine by at least one week ahead before school starts by having your child wake-up the same time you normally follow during the school year. This way when the first day of school starts, you and your child will be ready.
2. Prepare emotionally. Even the most social child may have some anxiety about the beginning of a new school year. The first week can be especially with new teachers, routines, and surroundings. Help your child handle his anxieties and yours by having a good talk about the beginning of the school year. Make sure your child knows that it usually takes a couple of weeks to adjust to everything. Talking through this can lessen uneasiness and will help calm everybody’s nerves.
3. Meditation. A great way to help your child focus and relieve stress is by meditating. A book just released in July called “The Connected Kids Book.” This book helps adults teach meditation to children who have special needs, but this book can be used for all children as well. It is only available in E-format. Website – http://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com.
4. Organization. Make sure your child has all the school supplies necessary for all their academic classes. Dedicate an area for homework that is comfortable, tidy, noise-free, and distraction-free. Kids who have AD/HD can benefit from having timers to help them focus on completing homework assignments.
Hang a calendar and lunch menus on the refrigerator and special hooks for backpacks near a door.
There are several organization apps now available for kids to use to help with their organizational skills. To name a few, iStudiez Pro, Picture Planner, Planner Plus and Next Thing.
5. Meet Teachers. Get involved in your child’s classroom. Don’t wait too long to speak with your child’s teacher if something seems to be going wrong at school. Make an appointment to see the teacher and be persistent if you don’t hear from the teacher. Teachers are usually very good about contacting parents to set up a time to meet with you. Adjustments in school homework or seating arrangements can make a big difference for your child to be more successful in school. Sometimes parents need to request a different teacher for their child than the teacher who was originally assigned.
If you need to request for an IEP meeting, don’t wait, it can take weeks for a meeting to be set up.
In the end, the most important thing is to know your own child and if something is not going well in school, don’t wait for them to begin to say they don’t like school.