As September begins to unfold, families shift from the customary less-structured patterns of summer to the faster pace of autumn. Ease the transition in your household at the launch of the school year (and after) with these helpful tips:
Prompt conversation about feelings, opinions, and ideas about school – both excitement and worries. For visually-minded kids: suggest drawing, or make a collage or video to express feelings. Talking (and active listening) with your child every day about school conveys your support of their education.
Re-train the brain
Set schedules for the beginning and end of day so your child knows what to expect.
Reduce morning chaos
Initiate a routine which includes serving a nutritious breakfast, preparing for morning the night before, and enforcing age-appropriate amount of sleep.
Establish a homework practice
Create an effective space and time of day most conducive to studying. Set up a place where you’re available for guidance and can monitor progress. (See online homework help if assistance is needed).
Add Lunch box notes
Insert jokes or silly drawings inside your child’s lunch box to put a smile on their face.
Search for after-school activities
Look for programs that offer recreation, develop interests, and provide opportunities to make new friends (watch for a future Kidsblog! post about after-school programs coming soon).
Another way to facilitate entry (or re-entry) to school is by reading stories. Plan weekly visits to your library to promote reading for pleasure. September and October are prime months for new book releases in the children’s publishing scene!
Armstrong, Thomas. 6 Tips to Get Your Kids Focused on the New School Year. Read Brightly [website]
Hoffses, Kathryn (reviewed August, 2018). 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School. Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth [website]
10 ways to prepare your kids for school. Parents [website]