The new school term is beginning, and if your kid is going to school for the first time, then there is much more to prepare – physically and mentally. Some kids adapt quickly, while others may not. To make sure that your kid feels as comfortable in school as they are at home, follow these few tips to prepare them (and yourself) for the new adventures ahead.
Organize play dates
First few days of school can be tough for kids who are unfamiliar with the place. To help your kids adjust quickly and effectively, get to know the other parents and organize play dates so the kids can socialize and get to know each other even before the school starts. This makes school a little less daunting as there will be familiar faces around.
Teach them about responsibilities
It is never too young to educate your kids about responsibilities. Let them know that they will have to take care of their own belongings and help them create a checklist to ensure that they have everything before they leave the school after classes. You can start from small tasks such as feeding the dog or packing their own school bags to familiarize your child with responsibilities.
Go through their schedules with them
If you have the class timetable, go through them with your kids to better prepare them for school. This also gives them a sense of direction knowing the day’s schedule, what to expect, and how to prepare for them. Try role-playing at home to help your child get ready for their new school term; such as waking up early for school and simple etiquette to obey in class.
Find out what activities they can take part in
You may think that you know what is best for your kid but take this chance to ask him/her what he/she really likes. Let your kid decide on the activities, and make sure they stick to them. Music, sports, drama club… These activities are great because they instill discipline and keep your kid positively occupied.
Meet the teacher
If your kid is new to the school, arrange for a teacher-parent meeting session and bring your kid along. This is a good and informal way of saying hello and build relationships by sharing a thing or two about your kid with the teacher. You can also use this opportunity ask about the school day and what it consists of.
Cover the basics
Make sure that your kid has everything he/she needs – a bottle of water to keep him/her constantly hydrated, stationery supplies, clean shoes and socks, bus money, and don’t forget to prepare a packed lunch if you intend to monitor his/her diet closely.
It’s your turn to relax
Finally, the kids will be heading to school. Leave it to the professionals who are trained to teach and take care of children and use this time to pamper yourself – go for long walks, lunches with friends, shopping, or join a club, because you deserve it.