8 Steps Towards Transitioning Your Family From The Summer Holidays To School


8 Steps Towards Transitioning Your Family From The Summer Holidays To School

8 Steps Towards Transitioning Your Family From The Summer Holidays To School

Once again, it is that time of the year when parents have mixed feelings towards the beginning of the school year. On one side, they feel exhausted from having to deal with and entertain the bored kids at home, yet on the other side, they are anticipating having to start dealing with other sorts of challenges such as studying, juggling between the school and sports schedules, early morning waking up struggles, lunchbox hassle and preparing for the school requirements.

The good news is there are a few steps parents can take before the beginning of the school year that can make this transitional phase go a lot easier for all:

1. School supplies: Try not to wait until the last minute to shop for school supplies. These could include: school uniform, shoes, socks, hair bands, stationary list, school bag, lunch-bag, lunchboxes, flask, etc. Write a list of everything you need to get (usually schools do offer stationary lists that differ from one age group to the other and can include: pens, pencils, ruler, sharpener, glue stick, scissors, colouring pens, folders, notebooks, etc.) Take your child and buy these together so he/she gets to choose what he/she would like to use within your set budget. This helps the child get excited about using his/her new supplies and decreases the chances of arguments or disappointments you two could experience if your choices didn’t fit his/hers.

2. Address your child’s anxiety: You need to understand your child’s anxiety towards the new school year. Children worry about whether they will get along with their new teacher, whether their classmates will be kind to them or not, the amount of homework and studying they’ll be getting, their different schedules that collide with each other, etc. School is stressful for your children; it is not a playground where they go and meet their friends. Try to talk to your child about what he/she is looking forward to and what they are worried about. Explain that all children and teachers are anxious at the beginning of the year and try to brainstorm ideas together on how to deal with these worries.

3. Get back to the sleep routine: Try to get back to the bedtime routine at least 5 days before school starts. This can be done gradually by waking your child up 1 hour early and sending him/her off to bed 1 hour early each night until you get to the required sleeping schedule 5 days before the school starts. This applies to you as well. Try to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier if you can so you are not so stressed out and grumpy on the first day of school.

4. Limit screen time: Try to minimize screen time usage at least one week before school starts. This helps the child settle in easier at school since screens create too much stimulation for a child’s brain, making it difficult for them to sit for 6 hours listening to a teacher talking or asking them to hold a pen and write. In order to do that, you’ll need to offer other means of entertainment! This could be anything from going for a swim to riding biked together to playing board games.

5. Review school material and information: Go through all the information that was passed on to you from your child’s school last year. Check if there is any paperwork to prepare or arrangements you are expected to make.

6. Set together your child’s study area: Organize with your child his/her study area. This should be a quiet and simple space with minimal distractions around.

7. Go for your child’s annual checkups: Check if your child is due for vaccinations, dental or any other medical checkups.

8. Get organized: Prepare your child’s schedule of extracurricular activities – whether it is sports, arts or other classes that he/she in enrolled in. Buy or print out a weekly calendar and try to organize those activities on your child’s schedule. Be considerate while preparing it, bearing in mind that he/she will have a long day at school and will need time for studying and doing their homework in the afternoon.

And while you are working out your child’s schedule, don’t forget to leave a few empty slots which can be used for finishing off things that were procrastinated or simply for chilling out and unwinding which your child needs every now and then.