Ah, summer break…..long, lazy days spent running around the town with friends. Staying up until the sun goes down. Waking up only when your grumbling tummy says it’s time to roll out of bed. No wonder going back to school every fall can be such a shock to children and parents alike! Need a few survival tips to help ease the transition in your home? Check some out below:
No Homework, No Problem
Chances are your children didn’t tackle much homework or indoor activities this summer break. Can you blame them? Try Introducing a daily activity of journal writing to get those creative juices flowing. Or ask a question a day to get into the habit of reflecting and recording. For Example: ‘What has been your favourite memory this summer?’ or ‘List 3 new things you experienced today.
Schedules & Routines
Going to bed earlier at night in small increments in the days or weeks leading up to the start of school will get routines back on track in no time. Little things like getting up at the same time every day and scheduling mealtimes similar to what they will be when back in school will all aid in the transition come fall.
Returning to school shouldn’t feel like a chore. Establishing good communication with your kids beforehand so they know what to expect is key, but don’t forget to remind them how much they love seeing all their friends, meeting new teachers and trying new activities. The beginning of the school year is a fresh start and great opportunity to try something new.
Going back to school doesn’t have to be stressful, it should be an exciting time for both the children and their parents. With these simple tips you will be able to ease back into the school year with less headaches.