The return to school is an exciting, often nerve-racking experience for children, but this year, it’s likely to be even more daunting. While some kids may be desperate to get back to the classroom and catch up with friends, for others, the idea of leaving home might be a little scary. If you’re preparing to take your children back to school in the coming weeks, here are some tips to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Start talking about going back to school now
The holidays are coming to an end, and for many children, a prolonged period of time at home is drawing to a close. If your kids have been at home for a long time, and they’re slightly anxious about going back to school, start talking to them about the transition now. Lay the foundations, discuss what is going to happen and how things might be different from what they’re used to, and encourage them to ask questions or raise concerns if they’re curious or worried.
Focus on the positives
Many of us have fond memories of dashing through the school gates at the start of a brand new year to catch up with friends we haven’t seen for weeks and share tales of what we did in the holidays. As parents, it’s a great idea to focus on the positives of going back to school and to up-sell the experience to your children. Talk to your kids about seeing their friends and their favourite teachers again, discuss what you’ve done so that they look forward to telling their friends what they’ve been up to and get them excited about the prospect of learning and spending time in the classroom again. Treat them to some new stationery or take a look at cool school bags to encourage them to be upbeat about returning, and look into clubs, societies or activities they can get involved in outside of classroom hours. Some children are bound to be reluctant to go back to school, but being positive can help adjust their mindset and get them ready for the changes ahead.
Get back into a school day routine
For many families, lockdown has posed challenges, and it has been difficult to stick to a routine. As the start of term approaches, it’s an excellent idea to try and get back into the swing of a normal school day routine. Encourage your children to start getting up earlier if they’ve been enjoying lie-ins over the holidays, and set a bedtime for them. It can take a little time for the body clock to adjust, so it’s beneficial to start making changes now. It’s crucial for kids to get enough sleep, especially when they’re working hard at school and adjusting their regime now will ensure they’re ready to start the year with energy and enthusiasm.
Some children will be desperate to get back to school, but others may understandably be a little anxious. If you’re counting down the days until the first day of term, start getting your children ready now, focus on the positives and encourage open communication.
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