Top tips to prepare the kids for back-to-school
The school bells are ringing, and the 2021 school year is about to begin.
For many parents and children, it’s the start to a new chapter in their lives and an important transition, especially after the stop-start Covid school experience of 2020.
After six weeks of sun, sand and very little routine, getting back into the groove can sometimes prove a bit hard. And for pre-schoolers, it’s even more of a change.
‘Commencing the new school year is exciting but can be stressful for kids, but there are some great ways to help make this transition smooth. Starting regular routines earlier rather than later is one tip. Developing healthy sleep routines and keeping active each day will help with concentration. Setting aside some time each day to read, draw or create together can be a great way to encourage a love of learning. Take time to explore your local area, a visit to the park or a walk down a street where you take time to notice and describe things. Even suggesting a visit to the local library, so children can get back in front of a book, can help. Engaging in fun activities that make learning exciting can also be a way of building concentration before the school year starts.’ Dr Daniela Acquaro BA, Grad DipEd, MEd, PhD from The Melbourne Graduate School of Education comments
No matter how many back-to-school tips you’ve gathered over the years, the season somehow always manages to be stressful and a little bit hectic.
‘Transitions can be tough for kids; it doesn’t matter what age” Dr Daniela Acquaro adds. “Starting in a new school or new class is often mixed with feelings of angst about how they will fit in socially and academically. Reassuring them that feeling nervous is ok, is important. Reminding them that it’s more than likely that the other kids are probably feeling the same will start to put them at ease. Children will approach the new school year with a mix of reservation and excitement, so take time to talk about what might be worrying them and help them develop strategies to deal with new situations.’
With the first day of school just around the corner, School Zone have compiled the Top 10 Back-to-School Tips to help make your kids’ summer-to-school transition as smooth as possible.
These brilliant ideas – from shopping tips to routine game-changers to genius hacks – will help the crew earn an A+ this semester and beyond.
- Create new sleep patterns – set your kids’ sleep schedules to ‘school time’ two weeks before school starts
- Try and remove tech devices 30 minutes before bedtime
- Encourage your kids to read at least one book before school starts
- Discuss what they can expect on their first day of school, so they feel prepared
- Create a family calendar with your kids, including timetables and any out-of-school activities they may be involved with
- Let them choose a new lunchbox and water bottle, and discuss healthy and eco-friendly food options
- Have a practice day at home where they get up, get dressed and pretend they are going to school
- Make back-to-school shopping a fun outing and let them choose their own supplies
- Create a dedicated spot for your kids to read, learn and study – even if it’s just a quiet corner
- Encourage them to have their school clothes and books ready to go the night before and have a designated space (like near the front door) for them to leave everything.
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