Tips for back to school time
Children around the Manawatu region and beyond headed back to school this week.
It’s a time that can be extremely stressful for both children and parents, and particularly for working parents, which most seem to be these days.
If you are not yet into your school day/work day routine these helpful tips could help parents to make the morning rush less stressful.
Forgetting one’s lunch or not being able to find the bathroom in time can be quite traumatic for the younger schoolchildren and can lead to temper tantrums and stomach aches.
However, parents can set the tone for a successful transition into a new classroom by addressing their children’s concerns and actively participating in school activities.
With parents often hustling several children off to different schools it pays to be organised in the mornings. Here is a checklist of activities that parents can do at home to help children quickly adjust to the new school term.
Q Set Your Alarm Clock. Early to Bed, Early to Rise - Have your child start going to bed at his school-night bedtime by reading him a book a little earlier every night for a week. Set an alarm clock for the correct wake-up time in his room and show him the button to push for the alarm.
Q Select Outfits Before Bedtime - Have your child help select outfits on Sunday night for the entire week. Knowing what she will be wearing during the week will help her start off the morning on a calm, predictable note. After the first couple weeks of school, have her pick out an outfit for the next day the night before, with no exceptions. It is no doubt easier if your child wears school uniform, but you need to check that the uniform still fits after the holiday and is clean and tidy.
Q Pack the Night Before - At an early age children fear forgetting their books, school supplies, and other things they need for school. Make sure you establish a routine that requires your child to pack his book bag every night before he goes to bed. This ensures that he will not have to rush in the morning trying to locate stray items.
Q Be Road Safe - It’s also a good idea to have a school travel plan. Teach children to use a safe route to school, and to be aware of dangers when walking, cycling or riding a scooter. Closely supervise new entrants when walking to school for the first time.
Q For New Students: Write a Letter to the Teacher - It’s not unusual for a parent to hear questions like ‘‘How will my teacher know I don’t always manage to eat my lunch at lunch time?’’ or ‘‘Will my teacher know that I like playing with blocks?’’
It can be very helpful to have your child express these jitters by dictating a letter to his new teacher introducing herself and addressing any questions she has.
Include facts such as games he or she enjoys playing, favourite foods, and best friends.
Encourage your child to list goals for the year, such as learning how to count to 10 or learning the alphabet.
Going back to school can be stressful but it can bemadeeasier.