4 Ways to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School
There’s still time to get prepared for the next school year!
As summer starts winding down, many parents are starting to think about helping their children transition back to their school routine. Here are three tips for helping your child transition successfully back to the classroom!
- Talk it up! Emphasize the exciting things about going back to school: seeing their friends, meeting new classmates and getting new school clothes and supplies. Kid’s wearing uniforms this year, no problem, talk about the new cool accessories (i.e. ribbons, belts, hair barrettes, hats, etc.) your child can get to jazz it up.
- Reassure! Be sure to talk to kids about any worries or concerns and offer reassurance: In the same way we worry about starting a new job kids have some of the same worries: Are they worried about making friends? Concerned about how to handle a bully? Stressed about being in a new grade or End-of-Grade tests. Let kids know that you get-it. Contact the school in advance (principals and school secretaries work during the summer!) and find out any information you may need before the first day (i.e. student clubs, open-house dates and opportunities to join parent organizations). Find out the date of open-house and make it a family affair!
- Routine-ize it! Write down all of the important information kids may need: Names of teachers and bus drivers, location of new classrooms and specials, new lunch time schedules. Show kids how to get organized and get themselves ready for school the night before, (i.e. homework and other supplies should be in their backpacks ready to grab by the front door and clothes ready to wear and laid out.
- Try my Back-to-school BootcampThe Bootcamp will take place on Sunday, September 11h for K -2ndh graders and September 18th for 3rd-5th graders. Both groups will run from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the afternoon and be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library: 210 Main Street, Oxford, NC 27565. These groups will cover important topics like anxiety, bullying, friendship, leadership, resiliency and other skills to help your child have a FANTASTIC start to the school year!
Call Access Counseling Services today to register at 252-915-8966 (limited # of spots available).