As school is just a week away from starting up again, I thought I’d compile some tips for parents to make the back-to-school transition a smooth one. You know … being a teacher and all. <wink>
So here it goes …
1. Make sure your kids are getting back into the bedtime routine at least a week before school begins. No more late summer nights!
2. Shop as a family to ensure lunches are both nutritional and palatable. This will make sure your child ends up eating (rather than trading) what you packed them for lunch.
3. Invite your kids to help you pack their own lunches so they can choose what they want to eat within reason. Remember to cover all the food groups!
4. Read aloud to get back in the “book-reading habit” if they aren’t already doing so. Some kids read through the summer which is great!
5. Brainstorm together a couple of ideas/summer stories that your child can share with the rest of the class. Have photos readily available for sharing too! During the initial back-to-school weeks there will be a lot of “sharing what we did on vacation” and being prepared helps.
6. Set some goals for learning in the new school year so your child can hit the ground running.
7. At home, play fun games that reinforce and reintroduce skills they have already learned counting games, reviewing colors, reading signs, etc.). The key is to make sure the games are fun and not stressful.
8. Be enthusiastic about the start of school. Many students, especially younger ones, pick up on their parent’s emotions. If you’re pumped about school, odds are they will be as well.
9. Set a good example: if your children see you reading, they are much more likely to also want to pick up a book.
10. Make sure you are aware of traffic, parking and drop-off procedures so you’re getting to and from school safely.