As summer comes to an end parents, teachers and children begin to prepare to go back to school, some sooner than others. This can be an exciting time for everyone but at the same time for those beginning the journey of sending their first child to school can be nerve wracking and scary.
Communicating about any fears, hopes and questions your child may have about going to school can help you both understand the transition from baby to big kid better.
The first week or two is always the hardest part. Trying to get all the information you and your child need as well as organizing bus route, babysitter/daycare (if you are a working parent), supplies and seemingly much more. Take a deep breath and dive in.
Be calm even though it feels as if you are the one going, everything will be fine. Start planning early in the summer, some schools have a basic supply list on hand on line according to grade level.
When you do get that school supply list don’t go crazy over it. Schools usually give a two week grace period to get all your child’s supplies. Call the school ahead if you have any concerns.
Taking the bus for the first time can be scarier for a parent than the child. Transportation is usually arranged when you register your child for school.
Make sure to start getting into the school routine a couple of weeks before your child begins. Setting up an earlier routine will lessen the chances of running late and missing the bus. If you walk or drive your children to school leave early enough that your child has at least ten minutes to prepare for class, fifteen if it’s the first day as things can get crazy!
Set an alarm 15 minutes earlier every day to adjust and make sure to get the kids as well as yourself into bed early the night before. Tired kids mean poor concentration as well.
Leave early to wait for the pick up and drop off. You never know if the bus will be earlier than expected.
When your child is home from their first day, check their bags for any letters or information that may have been sent home by the teacher. Talk to your child about their first experience at school. It will help you as well as your child understand this milestone transition. Enjoy the younger years as they all grow up so very fast.