Getting Ready For Back to School
Summer is already coming to an end and the new school year is almost here. Time to start preparing your family for the upcoming school year routine. Here are some tips that may ease the transition:
- Get started by making bedtime earlier- going to bed and waking up 10 minutes earlier each day will slowly create a new sleep routine. Also practice getting up on time and completing the school year morning routine.
- Get their tummies ready by eating breakfast and lunch based on the school schedule. Try to eat at the same time and avoid any snacks in between.
- Further prepare your children for the transition by discussing their school day schedules for homework, television, and other activities.
- Remember- going back to class doesn’t mean your kids have to say farewell to outdoor fun! Make a habit of getting outside together after the school day ends, for as long as the warm weather lasts.
- Help your children get organized. Together, assemble school materials with labels and designated spots for take home papers and homework.
- Set up a place to do homework. Until school starts, keep this spot clutter free to reiterate the dedication for homework and study. Make this spot a Homework Hideaway in a tent or a Brain Base containing items that help our brain do its best work and free from any distractions.
- To reduce stress, BE POSITIVE about going back to school. Talk about the fun things your children will learn and reconnecting with friends. Ask them to share their feelings about the upcoming school year. If your children are anxious aboutmoving to the next grade, reassure them that other children have these same feelings.
- Be sure to discuss which extracurricular activities your children will participate in and start a family calendar to keep track of upcoming activities. Considering priorities for all family members, but be sure to leave enough time for homework and family time.
Helping your family adjust early is a great way to have a positive start on the new school year. If you have a child who is extremely anxious or distressed about this transition, contact TheraPLACE Learning Center at 502-893-1380 for help. Occupational therapists and speech therapists are qualified professionals who can help prepare your child for back to school.