school beginning, students and parents can sometimes have difficulty
getting back in to the routine. Here are a on how to get back into the
swing of things with minimal effort:
Battling the Butterflies:
with any new or potentially unsettling situation — like starting school
for the first time or entering a new grade or new school — allow kids
time to adjust. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about
the first day of school and that it will all become an everyday routine
in no time.
positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old
friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies, and
showing off the new duds (or snazzy accessories if your child has to
wear a uniform).
important to talk to kids about what worries them and offer
reassurance: Are they afraid they won't make new friends or get along
with their teachers? Is the thought of schoolwork stressing them out?
Are they worried about the bully from last year?
adjusting your own schedule to make the transition smoother. It's
especially beneficial for parents to be home at the end of the schoolday
for the first week. But many working moms and dads just don't have that
flexibility. Instead, try to arrange your evenings so you can give kids
as much time as they need, especially during those first few days.
your child is starting a new school, contact the school before the
first day to arrange a visit. And ask if your child can be paired up
with another student, or "buddy," to help the adjustment to new people
and surroundings. Some schools give kids maps to use until things become
ease back-to-school butterflies, try to transition kids into a
consistent school-night routine a few weeks before school starts. Also
make sure that they:
- get enough sleep (establish a reasonable bedtime so that they'll be well-rested and ready to learn in the morning)
- eat a healthy breakfast (they're more alert and do better in school if they eat a good breakfast every day)
down the need-to-know info to help them remember details such as their
locker combination, what time classes and lunch start and end, their
homeroom and classroom numbers, teachers' and/or bus drivers' names,
- use a wall
calendar or personal planner to record when assignments are due, tests
will be given, extracurricular practices and rehearsals will be held,
- have them organize
and set out what they need the night before (homework and books should
be put in their backpacks by the front door and clothes should be laid
out in their bedrooms)
Although it's normal to be anxious in any new situation, a few kids develop real physical symptoms, such as headaches
or stomachaches, associated with the start of school. If you're
concerned that your child's worries go beyond the normal back-to-school
jitters, speak with your child's doctor, teacher, or school counselor.
Love it or hate it, homework is a very important part of school. To help kids get back into the scholastic swing of things:
- Make sure there's a quiet place that's free of distractions to do homework.
let kids watch TV when doing homework or studying. Set rules for when
homework and studying need to be done, and when the TV can be turned on
and should be turned off. The less TV, the better, especially on school
do their homework or projects yourself. Instead, make it clear that
you're always available to help or answer any questions.
- Review homework nightly, not necessarily to check up, but to make sure they understand everything.
Encourage kids to:
- develop good work habits from the get-go, like taking notes, writing down assignments, and turning in homework on time
- take their time with schoolwork
- ask the teacher if they don't understand something
ensure kids get the most out of school, maintain an open channel of
communication with the teachers by meeting with them throughout the
school year to discuss your kids' academic strengths as well as
of all, whether it's the first day of school or the last, make sure
your kids know you're there to listen to their feelings and concerns,
and that you don't expect perfection — only that they try their best.