4-C Parent Involvement Tips: Back to School – Some Helpful Tips
The new school year is right around the corner and whether you have a preschooler or an older child, this change in routines can be a bit stressful for any family. There are things that you can do to help this transition go smoothly.
Start by easing into the new routine about a week or so before school starts. Begin bedtime routines and wake up/morning routines about ten minutes earlier each day, until children are back on track. A day or two before the first day of school run through the morning routine as it will be once school starts. This can help children know what to expect on that first day of school and throughout the school year.
Continue or start promoting healthy habits to prepare your child for the new school routine. Have plenty of healthy breakfast options on hand such as fresh fruit, whole grain cereals or yogurt. Look over the school lunch menu to make sure your child will like the foods that are going to be served each day, many schools post their menus on the school website. If preferred, plan to pack your child a healthy lunch of familiar foods you know she will like. Healthy eating habits can help children concentrate better in class.
Review the plans for getting to school and for what happens after school each day. If your child will be riding the bus, show her exactly where the bus will be picking her up and dropping her off. Make sure your child knows the after school routine whether it is riding the bus home, going to an after school program or you picking her up right at school.
To help ease any nerves for that first day or week of school, take a tour of the school, show your child where she will keep her jacket, have gym, art and music class. Spend some time playing on the school playground over the summer. Familiarizing your child and even yourself with the school and playground can help everyone feel more relaxed during those first few days.
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