Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears and your own with some of these teacher- approved tips from the GUSELLA team.
Meet the new teacher
For children, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice earlier on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s worries. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night, which will be a great opportunity to get to know each other as the school year begins and also to meet other parents in your classroom.
Tour the school
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Together you can meet their teachers, find their desk or cubbies (for the younger ones), explore the playground and classrooms.
Connect with friends
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.
Use the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
Take the time to read with your child for 20 minutes every day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together. Studies have shown that daily reading can have a significant impact on a student’s reading progress. Getting into the habit of reading, rather than watching TV or playing video games, will only help your child in the long run.
Ease into the routine
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop a little earlier. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the transition into a new school year go much smoother.