John Hancock Charter School - Aug. 12, 2022
Practice your morning routine!
Kids thrive on routines because knowing what to expect gives them a sense of security. A morning routine allows children to learn how to take care of their own responsibilities (e.g. get dressed, brush their teeth, etc.) without you bossing them around. The last thing you want to do is getting into an epic power struggle with your kid minutes before you need to leave for school.
Practice makes perfect! Establish the new morning routine at least a few times before school starts to get your child mentally prepared for school and establish healthy habits.
Prepare the Night Before
Having to rush to school the first day is no way to start off the school year.
Set up everything your child needs in the morning the night before to ensure that the next day goes off without a hitch. Make sure to involve your child in this process!
Things to do the night before include:
- Laying out the first day of school outfit
- Packing the backpack with school supplies
- Prepare as much for breakfast and lunch as possible
Taken from: https://indywithkids.com/first-day-school-ideas/
Sometimes, we are more nervous than our children about the first day of school. If you have done all the things mentioned above (and possibly more!), you have done all that you can to prepare your child for starting school.
Smile! Going to school is a big milestone and it’s time for him to go and exercise his independence. Hey, do you hear that? That’s right, there is finally silence in the house. Just relax and enjoy your alone time and check off some self-care items off your list. Before you know it, it will be time for pick-up!
Welcome Back It’s Going To Be A Great Year!
There are so many emotions when coming back to school. Maybe you are relieved and ready for a better routine or not prepared for the school grind. Whatever feeling you are having, the school year is here, so let's make it one that is happy, healthy, and full of good learning. Some ideas that can help you adjust to school smoother can look like:
Focus on the positives of what the year will bring and what it can look like
Get enough sleep
Family Calendar: put up a family calendar to help plan out the week and the month so everyone knows what is happening
Lay out clothes the night before, know where your shoes, sweater, and coats are
Do a backpack check
Pack lunches the night before - have your child help pack their lunch
What is your family routine after school - snacks, homework, activities, etc…
The most essential item on your to-do list is to foster open communication with your child. Good communication starts with good listening. Good communication with your child's teacher by email, face to face, or texting will help your child's school year be more productive. Listening to your child about their thoughts, feelings, and concerns will help to reduce anxiety. Finally, perfection is not the goal but doing your best.
References and Resources
Back to School
Ideas to Naturally Transition Back Into School
Supporting School Transition
- Teachers will assist by opening doors
- Follow the teachers' directions
- Pull forward