Back to School: Ready, Set, Go!Try to visit the school or meet the teacher ahead of time… many schools offer an Open House.
Being ready for the beginning of school involves looking at a few different components.
One involves the physical tools needed, such as school supplies and a space to organize belongings. The other involves the emotional side, which would include worries about heading back to school.
Here are a few ideas to help with both of these issues.
Have a place set aside for backpacks, and check them daily.
Have a central area to keep school communications and calendars.
Plan a homework area for older students.
Keep a bin or basket full of supplies like pencils, erasers and markers.
Begin moving bedtime up if needed.
Avoid stimulating activities such as TV and video games 30 – 60 minutes before bedtime.
Start getting up earlier in the mornings.
Once school begins, have clothes laid out and backpack ready the night before.
For younger children, make sure they can manipulate clothing.
Have kids help look at the calendar and plan what will be needed for each day (library books, proper PE shoes, etc.).
Older kids can help plan and pack school lunches.
Listen to Worries
Acknowledge your child’s worries and fears (avoid saying, “Don’t worry…it’ll be fine.”)
Practice what to do in different situations that are worrying your child (how to find someone to play with, what to do if you can’t find a classroom, etc.).
Remind your child of how they have handled social situations successfully in the past.
Try to visit the school or meet the teacher ahead of time… many schools offer an Open House.