Back to School Tips
As a teacher and a parent, when summer begins, I get so excited! If I found out I just won the lottery, it would not make me any happier than the first day of summer. Summer is my favorite season and it’s the time that most kids look forward to and LOVE! My kids and I are free from the burden of school, homework, bullies, and getting up way too early.
Summer break is the time we can have more fun with lots of outdoor night game activities, vacations, road trips, barbeques, and fun times with our cousins. It can be exhausting….but we know how to bring the fun!
When it’s all over, and it’s time to head on back to school, it can be a challenge to get motivated and adjust to a back to school mode. You can ease the transition by taking an active role in helping your children cope with the certain life change that’s about to take place.
Over 56 million kids will be heading back to school this fall. So there is probably a couple of million of those students feeling anxious and unsure about what the future will hold for them.
Try these 8 back to school tips to help your children transition from the leisurely days of summer to the most definite challenges of an upcoming school year:
1.Talk about it. This is one of the most important of the 8 back to school tips. Keep an open dialogue with your children. If they have certain anxieties or reservations about attending school, help them ease their fears by giving them the opportunity to talk about it. Family meetings are a great time to sit down and talk about the upcoming year. This is also a great time to set goals for the upcoming school year. check out how to have successful family meetings at: Successful Family Meetings
- Help your children see the positives of school. School allows them to discover and develop new strengths and skills. And they’ll be able to see their friends every day!
2. Establish a school routine early. If your kids have stayed up late playing night games and have slept in until almost noon most the summer, try to get back on track as soon as possible. Start establishing a bedtime and morning routine. If you go into the school year with a routine, you can avoid many difficult mornings and stressful situations.
3. Throw a party. This is my favorite of the 8 back to school tips. I mean really….Who doesn’t love a party! The end of summer can be a happy time. Celebrate the beginning of the school year by throwing a party or barbecue. You can make it a neighborhood or extended family event. Use these fun back to school FREE cupcake toppers. This way, your children won’t dread school. Instead, they might look forward to the party and the school year. A party isn’t complete without photographs. Use these FREE pennants and Back to School Boards for a great summer photo finish.
4. Continue the fun. One of my favorite of the 8 back to school tips is reminding your kids that they’ll still have free time after school and on weekends. If they played most of the day during the summer, they’ll still have plenty of playtime after school lets out. The fun times that they enjoyed during the summer can still continue on through the school year.
5. Continue learning over the summer. One way to make the new school year easier on the kids is to limit their completely free time over the last few weeks of the summer months. You can continue their education by providing educational activities and outings.
6. Pick out the first day of school outfits. A new school year can be so exciting and maybe a little nerve wracking if the kiddos are just starting school or going to a new school. They may even want to spend more time on their appearance. That’s a good thing for boys and girls who have not spent a lot of the summer on personal hygiene. You can help them look forward to the first day of school by picking out special outfits to wear. You can shop for a great outfit or mix and match clothes they already have in the closet.
7. Shop for school supplies. Another activity that may get your kids excited about school is shopping for school supplies. Teachers will occasionally have a specific list of items your children will need for the classroom. Let your child choose their own pens, paper and folders in their favorite colors and styles. We have a fun FREE Student Survival Kit for you to present to your children as part of the back to school fun you can check it out here. Check out our FREE Student Planner Printable Here.
8. Take a trip to school. New and fun experiences can swallow a child’s enthusiasm for the new school year. Most schools have a back to school event for incoming students. If your child is attending a new school, bring him to the back to school event before the first official day of class. That way, he’ll know what to expect and feel more relaxed on the big day.
The new school year can be an exciting time for everyone. Stress usually accompanies new situations. But if you put these back to school tips into practice, your kids will be better prepared and may even look forward to the first day of school.
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