This post is sponsored by HICKIES. All opinions are my own.
The changes that happen when August melts into September can be really hard. The ease of summer days are gone and the hectic school schedules, sports practices, and after school activities begin. It’s a big change that can cause lots of chaos. So today, I wanted to share a some ways to ease back into the school year.
8 Ways To Ease The Back-To-School Transition
- Earlier Bedtimes: Starting 2-3 weeks before school starts, begin moving up bedtime by 15 minutes each night until the school year bedtime is reached. This will eliminate the big shock factor of this dreaded change.
- Wake Up Call: Along with the earlier bedtime, the next biggest struggle is the earlier rise. So as that bedtime gets pushed up, start setting an alarm. Wake the kids up a little earlier each morning until you reach school wake up time.
- Homework: Start by getting the kids used to homework now. Start assigning a worksheet, stack of flashcards, or reading assignment to get them back into the habit of completing some school work in the afternoons.
- Make A Visit To The School: Many children get nervous about all the changes at once. So take a day and head over to the school now before the kids are back in session. Find their classroom, locate bathrooms, visit the lunch room, and just help re-familiarize with the building. This is ESPECIALLY helpful for younger elementary kids.
- Get A Special First Day Of School Outfit: Take your child(ren) shopping and help them choose a special outfit that makes them feel confident and save it for that first day back.
- Throw A Back-To-School Party: If your child is worried about making friends, check with their new teacher and ask for a class list for the party guests. Otherwise, include some of their current friends and throw a fun back to school bash.
- Mark The Calendar: Sit down together and mark the calendar with special upcoming days so they have things to look forward to. Perhaps the end of the first month of school can be celebrated with a night out at their favorite restaurant?
- Have A Heart To Heart Talk: Take your child aside and have a private talk with them. Ask them about any fears, worries, or anxieties they are experiencing with school coming up. Then, make a mental (and physical) note of those and touch base again. Once school starts, you will know what to continue asking about or even mention to the teacher to help ease the transition.
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