It’s a significant milestone entering school for the very first time. No matter what age, whether it’s kindergarten or preschool beginning school, the first experience is both exciting and also a little scary. It’s an enormous change for parents as well! Here are some helpful tips to ensure that everyone can transition smoothly.
Discuss the topic
This sounds obvious however, we must not overlook the power of stories to inspire and reassure. Discuss what your day will be like, how you’ll prepare and the way your child will travel there, the things they’ll do, and when the school day will end as well as what happens after they leave home. Explore books about school. Be positive and encouraging.
There’s nothing like selecting a lunchbox, backpack, or even a few outfits, or even a new pair of shoes to make going to school more fun. These items should be kept aside and only used once school begins, to make them unique.
Begin to plan and test some nutritious meals and snacks
This is especially the case if you’ve got very particular children, or is used to hot meals or other items that aren’t as effective in the case of school lunches. Explore some fresh fruits and veggies with a dip such as Hummus (you can buy containers for storing dip) and sandwiches (cut into interesting shapes) or wraps or filled pita.
Find recipes. Making them ahead of time is not just an enjoyable way to practice at school, it will also help you decide which ones will work and what doesn’t.
Make sure your child is on a schedule of sleep that is suitable for your child’s school
This is incredibly crucial and many families begin the process way too late (or do not bother in the first place). It is recommended that your child sleeps between 9 and 10 hours each night.
Therefore, determine the time they’ll need to be up to go to school, then count back 10 hours, and begin an hour earlier by shutting off all screens and establishing relaxing routines. For instance, if your child is required to be up at 7 am, they should be in bed by 9 pm.
That means that all screens must be shut off, and any activities should include reading books or having a quiet time at around 7:30 or 8 after 8. Start at least a week before the school year begins at least two weeks, to ensure that your child can adjust to their routine (and you too! ).
Make plans for the many changes to the routine
Sit down and consider the options. It might be helpful to put out clothes for all the students the night before or cook the casserole on weekends so that it can get hot on busy days. The more you can plan your week and have everything in order, the less stressful it will be for you to manage school days.
Also, you might want to plan backup arrangements for pick-up or childcare if they are different from what you’ve previously planned. You don’t need to consider every scenario possible (as is it even feasible) however, a little sophisticated planning can be a huge difference.
Don’t overload your child (or your schedule)
It’s tempting to sign your child up for a variety of activities and then to think that because your child is in school, you’ll have the time to complete that extra task at work. Many activities can be enjoyable but you might not be able to squeeze more in, however, don’t become excessively ambitious, especially in the beginning.
Apart from the fact that children require time off and a break from school, the transition can be stressful for everyone. Make sure that the schedule is light until everyone has their legs.
Learn more about the school’s community If you can
Take advantage of any gatherings organized by the school or organize some of your own. If you have friends with the kids your child is going to school with, check whether you can organize play dates or get together at a place like a park in the area.
This way, your child can begin school with a group of acquaintances, and you’ll also be able to meet their parents.
If your child suffers from an ongoing health issue, such as asthma, you should contact the school (or school officials, when it’s an institution of public education that is closed during summer) to inform them of the situation and inquire about the necessary permissions and medications you need to bring to the school.
This way, you will prepare everything for the start of school. Do not forget to take a deep breath, relax and be happy. This is an achievement to be celebrated.