With summer drawing to a close, we will soon start to hear school bells ringing all around town. Here are a few things you can do to help your students, no matter what age, have a smooth transition back to the classroom.
- Get Ready for the Alarm
Summer allows families to have the freedom of eliminating a strict routine from their lives. No homework, later bedtimes and outdoor activities become the “new normal” during the months of June, July, and August. Now that school is getting ready to start, try to ease back into the routine of having set bedtimes, sharing a story before bed and getting up at a set time each morning. This will help when the alarm sounds on that first morning of school.
- Keep in the Loop
Make sure you have your child enrolled for the school year and have provided all necessary papers so that your child can attend school on the first day of class. Many school districts require proof or residency and need you to update health records before they will enroll your student. If your school holds a Back to School Night or Meet the Teacher Night, plan to attend that with your child to help them feel secure in where they will be going on the first day. Also, take time to check on your child’s bus number. Often districts will change the bus numbers on routes from time to time.
- Be Prepared
This is more than just a great scout slogan; it is a slogan for back to school. Be ready for the first day of classes by making sure your child has all the necessary school supplies. Schools will provide you with a list of school supplies. Often stores will run specials on those items in early and mid-August. If you are having financial difficulty, check with your local community service organizations and churches. They often provide needed backpacks of supplies for students. Make sure all supplies are labeled with your child’s name the first day of class.
- Keep Organized
Set aside a place at home where important papers and information from school can be sorted through. Make a habit of going through your child’s backpack each evening to see what homework needs to be done or what information has come home from the school about upcoming events. If your child has a class planner, you will want review it each evening. It often tells you when the next test is coming up or will give you information on an upcoming class project.
- Talk to Your Student
Take time to visit with your child about the upcoming school year. Ask them what they are looking forward to as well as what concerns they might have. You can share some of your own school stories and assure them that you know they will have a great year. Once school starts, ask them questions to start a conversation about the day. “What was your favorite thing you did today at school? “, or maybe “Tell me about one of your new friends in your class.” These questions will lead to more conversation than a simple “Yes” or “No” to the question, “Did you have a good day at school today”.
Following these five simple tips will help your family to have a great start of the upcoming school year. If we can be of assistance in helping to start the year off with a tutor to prepare your child for the upcoming year, don’t hesitate us!