Start the year off right with these back-to-school tips.As summer winds down, your child might begin to feel wound up about school starting. A new year means unfamiliar teachers, more homework and harder classes. Whether your child admits it or not—in the end your support does make a difference. Help smooth the transition from summer to school with these back-to-school tips.
Get ready, set, stock up:
A few weeks before school starts, make a list of items that your child needs or wants. Check to see if the school has sent a list of supplies every student will need.
Allow your child to pick out a special notebook, first-day outfit or book bag. This may provide a teachable moment around money and budgeting.
Jumpstart your child’s brain:
Print or make your own back-to-school worksheets. For example, create a “Goals” worksheet that provides space for your child to write down things that he or she would like to achieve.
Check out math sites such as GameClassroom and Math Game Time for educational games, videos and worksheets.
Schedule some back-to-school activities:
Suggest your child invite one or two good friends over for a back-to-school BBQ.
Take family bike rides, hikes or nature walks. The fresh air and exercise can help relieve stress.
Stage a competition among siblings or friends: Set up morning drills that include some unexpected speed bumps—missing backpacks, mismatched socks, spilled juice. The fastest problem-solver to get out the door wins.
Address first day fears:
Remind your child that lots of other kids get nervous about the first day of school.
Come up with a silly saying or image that your child can think about whenever he or she feels anxious. This may help lighten the mood and remind him or her of a comfortable situation.
Reminisce about especially good days or fun times from the previous school year. Let him or her know that there are more good days ahead.