Back-to-School

Posted by Blanchard and Calhoun on Monday, July 25th, 2022 at 2:11pm

A group of kids running to the school main entrance

 

The first day of school is right around the corner. Help your child get ready and in a routine for a smooth transition from summer break to back to school. Having a smooth morning sets the tone for the day. Need tips on how to get your child on a back-to-school routine? Keep reading. 

Below, we’ve gathered some helpful tips to help your child get ready for the school day.

Attend School Orientation: Attending orientation sessions helps your child to become familiar with the school, their new classroom, and an opportunity to bond with their new teachers. Helping your child become familiar with their new surroundings helps them prepare mentally for the first day of school.

During orientation be sure to introduce your child to the teacher and allow time for a brief conversation. This allows for bonding. Also, be sure to speak fondly of the teacher. Your positive words will make them feel like they are in a safe place and will put them more at ease. And don’t forget to introduce your child to other kids in their classroom too. Most kids are nervous on their first day, but if they have a friend or another classmate they are familiar with, this will also help calm any nervous jitters.

Prepare the Night Before: Get everything you need together the night before; such as clothes, signed papers, and school supplies. Don’t forget bookbags and lunch boxes should be packed and ready for a quick grab-and-go.

Start bedtime early: During the summer, bedtimes are usually a lot more lenient. It can be difficult for kids to suddenly have to adapt to a set bedtime overnight. By starting a routine early, your child will have an easier time adjusting.

De-stress getting dressed: Avoid chaotic mornings and have your child’s outfit laid out the night before. Before bed, set out some outfit options for your child to choose from, then lay the chosen outfit out the night before. Include socks and shoes, so you are not scrambling to find that left shoe that always seems to have wandered off somewhere. 

Step up ground rules: Setting up rules before the school year begins transitions easier. Establish when kids can have screen-time, when they should finish their homework, and what chores they have to do. Setting up these rules ensures everyone agrees.

Other helpful tips:

  • Car-pool parents get your car ready: clean out the car and fill up the gas tank the evening before.

  • Familiarize their new surroundings: if your child is starting at a new school or will wait at a new bus stop, do a practice run before school starts so that your child can get familiar with their new surroundings and will know where to go.

  • Schedule a playdate: A week before school, consider scheduling a play date with some of your child’s last year classmates. This will help them reconnect-especially if your child has a harder time in social situations.

 

Do you have any helpful tips on getting your kids into a successful school routine? We’d love to hear about it. Please share your tips and tricks in the comment section below.

 

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