Before we know it, summer will be over, and the kids will be headed back to school once again.
Are you and your kids getting ready to start the school year all over again — or maybe for the very first time?
No? Well, I don't blame you. Summer can be a lot of fun, and school still seems so far away.
Thankfully, Laura Olson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, is here today with 6 tips for making smoother transition from summer fun to school days.
6 Back to School Tips to Help Parents Make an Easier Fall Transition
by Laura Olson
As the days of summer become shorter and vacation draws to a close, the time comes to put away the beach bag and break out the back packs. Although no one likes to admit that summer is coming to an end, preparing yourself and your children for the upcoming school year can make the transition easier for the whole family.
Preparing children the night before school begins is not the most ideal and effective strategy. Parents need to begin transitioning children into the back-to-school routine early enough so they have time to adjust — mentally and physically.
Here are 6 great tips to help parents get kids back into the school routine:
- Get children excited: Get your children ready for school by making back-to-school shopping a family affair. During a shopping trip for new school supplies, let children cross off items from their lists as they fill the cart. This will keep them involved and excited during the process.
- Play school: Gather books, paper, pencils, and crayons and play school with your children. Let them be the teachers and you be the student. As new-to-school kids play, ask them how they feel about starting school. This is a great time to talk about anxieties or concerns they may have as they start a new school year.
- Establish a school year schedule: A few weeks before school begins, set — and stick to — a realistic bedtime to allow children to get the recommended 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night.
- Practice the morning routine with children: Before the first day of school, figure out how long it will take for everyone to get out of the house on time and make a morning routine. If your children will be walking to school, practice the route showing them where to stop and if necessary, how to cross the street. If your children are bus riders, show them where to catch the bus and review the bus rules.
- Back to school activities: Find out about back-to-school activities or events, such as meet and greet with teachers. This is a great opportunity to get your children familiar with their school surroundings and comfortable with their new teachers.
- Get your own routine in check: Make sure you know what you need to keep the busy morning schedule running smoothly. To make more time in the morning, consider handling the following at night: setting the coffee maker, preparing lunches and reviewing homework. And, practice your new routine before the stress of the school year really hits.
on is Vice President of Education at Kiddie Academy, the nation’s third largest franchise of learning centers. She has over 15 years of early childhood education experience with an emphasis in curriculum development.