Eight tried and true tips from an elementary school teacher for making your child’s back to school transition and routine a little easier and maybe a little fun!
It’s time to start thinking about heading back to school!
It’s like jumping into a frigid pool…sometimes it is better to ease in, rather than jump and experience the shock of the cold. We all will eventually get into our new routine, but we want to make it as smooth as possible for our children.
How do you ease your child back into a routine for school?
- Begin reestablishing nighttime routines. Start to reintroduce these routines a few weeks early. There’s nothing like a relaxing bath and a good book before bed. Try to avoid electronics before bed.
- Ease back into bedtimes. If your goal is to have your child in bed by 8:30 on a school night, then start by easing him/her into this routine over the course of a couple of weeks. Begin putting him/her to bed at 9, then 8:45, and eventually 8:30.
- Begin to wake your child up early. Give their internal clocks a chance to readjust. Again, ease back in. If your goal is to have your child awake by 7:30, then begin by waking him/her at 8:00, then 7:45, until they are used to their new wake-up time.
Get Organized for the School Year:
- Create a family calendar. Post important dates and events on a family calendar in a central location. As the school year begins, update it frequently to include activities and due dates. The visual reminder of the schedule will provide clear organization, predictability, ease anxiety, and foster independence.
When you receive communication from your child’s school, read it right away. Make note of any requirements for starting school and update your calendar of important upcoming dates.
Involve Your Child:
- Let your child pick out and label their own school supplies. Have your child help choose what he/she wants/needs and then label their own things. This will help your child take ownership over his/her materials and feel like they are organized and ready to go! To make it even easier, head over to my Amazon Storefront and check out my favorite back to school finds! These are affiliate links for your convenience.
- Begin visiting your child’s school. Take some trips over to the playground. There may be some teachers and staff there, beginning to get things ready. It’s always exciting to see familiar faces. Re-acclimate your child to their school surroundings.
- Connect with classmates. Check to see if your child’s school offers a meet & greet or some type of back to school social. If not, try to organize one! Meet some of your child’s new peers at the school playground.
Give your child a fun reason to get out of bed! Host a Potluck Back to School Breakfast Party. This is the easiest party to throw. Invite a group of your child’s friends (with parents) and/or neighbors. Ask everyone to bring a breakfast food or beverage. Set out some balls, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, etc. and enjoy the fun!
Real Life Learning:
- Continue to foster meaningful learning opportunities. Whether reading, playing a game or making change at a store, look for opportunities to make real-life connections to what your child has learned. For more ideas, read my post, How to Help Your Child Be Successful in Elementary School. If you are struggling with helping your child find the correct reading level, please read these simple guidelines to help your child find a “just right” book for reading.
It’s also a great time to begin getting organized with Ten Helpful Back To School Organization Tips For Parents. I hope this is helpful to you!
Do you have any ideas that we should add to this list? I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!