Back to School Made Easy
The alarm goes off and the groaning begins. Back to school for some can be a difficult transition for student, parent and teacher. You begin a new routine for sleep, play, eating, just about everything you have been doing for the past few months has now ended or changed and rearranged.
Transition time doesn’t always have to be unpleasant. Begin a couple of weeks before the big day. Start by getting organized. Like many do a thorough spring-cleaning do the same for the fall. Establish spaces for books and supplies on shelves or desks. Create an inviting workspace for homework, reading or studying. Make sure it is in a place with minimal distraction and plenty of light.
Send old cloths to good will and make room for the new fall wardrobe. Even if it’s from last year it hasn’t been seen in a while giving it the feeling of new. Perhaps have a yard sale and clear out some unused toys, games, whatever is causing unnecessary clutter. One you have become organized you may feel more prepared for school.
Next, make your child part of the process. Get them excited about the idea of a fresh start. Get their opinions; create their workspace together by allowing them to give it their own personal touch. Ask them about their preferences to learning so when in this space they fell focused and relaxed. Shop for school supplies together. Let them choose themes for backpacks, notebooks or folders. Present your children with an area for schoolwork such as tests, pictures or creative writing. Maybe you can purchase special magnets for your refrigerator just for their creations. Show your child your ready to see what they can do. This may motivate them to jump back into the swing of things. All this participation allows the children to take ownership and pride in what they have accomplished.
Get back to a routine. Begin setting an earlier bedtime in order to encourage a better sleep and an early rise. This way that first day is not so traumatizing. You may want to schedule meals and bath times in preparation of upcoming school year. Again, all this may help to ease everyone into the transition.
Once the day has arrived, teachers must continue to help students make the adjustment. This begins by a welcome with a smile. Allow the children to discuss their summer, perhaps have them write about it. Now that the students are organized at home they should get organized in the their classrooms. Teachers may even give a little mini-lesson on how to keep organized. We all know how a desk can look by October. Teachers should put emphasis on the fact that this is a new beginning for everyone and a chance to accomplish great things. Parents should reinforce that sentiment at home.
You don’t want children to feel stressed about learning. Like adults, when they are put in a stressful situation they will shut down. Tell them whatever the case may be as long as you try you’re hardest it’s great.