Starting school all over again after a long summer can be hard on both the parents and the child. It can be a tough transition to get used to the new early mornings and to adapt to seeing each other much less. Depending on your child’s personality, your kid may jump right in there along with the group, loving their new class from the start. If your child is attending a new school, or school for the first time ever, then you may find yourself facing much more difficulty. Here are five tips for surviving those first few weeks of school.
1. Give Reminders
Help your child by giving them constant reminders throughout the day. In the evening, remind your child that they must go to bed soon, as they have school the next morning. In the morning, remind your child that they must eat breakfast and get dressed swiftly, in order to avoid being late. Children do not like abrupt changes, and reminders can help ease the transitions. This is especially important for children who have a hard time adapting to change.
2. Take Time to Talk About Their Day
Talk to your child after school to see how they are adjusting. Rather than asking the old, “how was your day?” question, ask your child specific questions. You may want to ask them how their lunch was, who they played with outside or what their favorite part of the day was. By asking these questions your child learns that is it okay to speak openly with you about their school-day.
3. Keep Communication Open with the Teacher/s
Even if your child’s teacher seems to keep his/her distance; don’t be afraid to approach them about any problem you may see with your child. Many teachers are open to communicating with e-mail, which may make things easier if you are unable to meet with them in person. Most teachers mean well and are just too busy to give out too many details on a daily basis. If anything happens to concern you, it is best to approach the teacher, and find a way to solve the problem together.
4. Make Special After School Time Together
Take your child to get an ice cream or to do go for a walk at the park after school on a regular basis. This could be a special activity you do every Friday. If your schedule doesn’t allow for this during the week, then make it a fun date to do on the weekends. By creating special one-on-one time with your child you are able to keep your bond intact. This helps to remind your child that you are always there for them.
5. If Possible, Give Your Time to the School
Teachers love having volunteers in the classroom. By setting a time to come in once-a-week, or even once-a-month, you are able to get a better view of your child in their classroom environment. This is also a good way to get to know the other students in which your child interacts with on a daily basis. By seeing the way in which the teacher plans and implements instruction, you are also able to get a clearer view as to the school life your child leads. Getting to know your child’s school through volunteering is a great way to not only help the school, but to help create a better communication with your child about any problems they may be having.