Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety, here are some tips to help you and your children start the new school year right.

 

Meet the new teacher.

For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears.

 

Tour the school.

If the school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with their environment will help avoid a nervous stomach on the first day.

 

Connect with friends.

A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading to a new school.  You might try finding out which children are in your child’s new school.

 

Tool up.

Take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help them feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

 

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming subjects by looking through new topics.   Let them practice using supplies that they haven’t used before — such as protractors — so they will be comfortable using them in class.

 

Avoid last-minute revision.

While it is important to support learning throughout the vacation, don’t spend the last weeks reviewing last year’s work.  All children need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

 

Ease into the routine.

Switching from a vacation to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock and go through your morning rituals. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

 

Next week, more tips to help you and your family stay organised and on top of things!