Heading back to school can be a stressful and often very busy time, and it absolutely pays to be organised. Here are a few tips to keep everything managed and in line before the time strikes.
1. Have your children get back into the waking school schedule two weeks before school actually starts.
This will have them in a comfortable routine when school begins.
2. Bring your kids with you when you go shopping for new school supplies and let them pick their items — for some children, this will get them excited for the new term or at the very least make them feel involved in the process.
3. Have essentially a study for your children, where they can do their homework of an evening.
This is a space where they can go to every day that is solely theirs.
4. Have your kids pack their bags the night before including their sports bags, as they might remember if they’ve forgotten something overnight and it’s one less thing they have to do in the morning.
5. It’s really important that your children have time to blow off some steam and relax.
Give them time of an afternoon to chill out and play some sport outside, watch some television, read a book and just take a break.
They’ve spent the whole day learning and need a break before doing their homework and assignments.
6. Meet the new teachers — you’ll want to establish a healthy relationship with them to be able to converse comfortably about your children should you have any questions or concerns.
7. Ask your kids if they’d like to do any extra-curricular activities in their new school year — there might be something they’ve been thinking of doing, and they’re just looking for some encouragement or permission.
8. Dedicate time to checking in on your children and see how they’re progressing in the new term, particularly being in a new grade.
Sometimes they might need some extra tuition, whether it be from you or from a teacher or tutor.
The most important thing is that your child is happy and up-to-speed, feeling confident and balanced in their schooling environment.
By keeping an eye on them without being overbearing, it will hopefully be a great start to the year.