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It’s hard to believe that summer break is soon coming to an end. The smell of campfire s’mores will soon be replaced with the smell of new pencils and crayons. The beginning of a new school year is usually received with many emotions… excitement, hesitation and even worry. There are number of things we can do to encourage our children and help them start the school year off on the right foot.
Six Tips to Prepare Kids for the New School Year
Discuss back to school: Talk through any hesitations or worries that your child might have. Discuss a few “what ifs” and prepare them for what’s to come and what is to be expected. This will take away as many of the “unknowns” as possible, making your child feel more confident going into the school year.
Designate a steady area: As a homeschool family, we have provided our kids with a learning / homeschool area, this can make a world of difference. Before school starts get your child involved in creating their study area. The area should be well lit and free of distractions. Keep school supplies readily available, such as paper, pencils and crafting materials. If they have a desk, now is the time to declutter and clean it out. If space is an issue, do what we do, create a study area at the kitchen table with a study basket full of school supplies. You can also designate a fun and cozy reading nook to encourage your child’s reading time.
Reintroduce routines: Over summer break, routines seem to go out the window. A week before school starts, start a routine that includes a bedtime routine, morning routine, chore schedule and study time. Keep your new routine posted in a central location of the house. Encourage your child to follow the routine on their own and praise them for a job well done. Allow your child to help create the routine and even pick out their chores from a list you’ve created.
Get children involved: I always try to involve our boys in any decisions that need to be made concerning school. It could be as simple as choosing supplies, clothes, organization, routines, lunches etc. Allowing children to make some of the decisions and take part in the back to school process will give them a sense of accomplishment and ownership.
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Lastly, be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude about the new school year, enthusiasm is contagious and will encourage your child to be excited too! Here’s to our children starting off the new year confident, willing and ready to tackle the journey of learning that awaits them.