Summer vacation is over, and I’m sure your little ones aren’t too happy about it. While the new school year brings new sets of homework, and less time playing outside or hanging out with friends, it also brings a lot of opportunities for growth, both academically and emotionally, which should be what you focus on highlighting. Here are a few of our favorite tips on tackling their next academic step!
- If you can, visit the school one week before, to help them learn the layout of the building.
- Get your kid’s class schedule ahead of time and walk through it with them. You can decrease a lot of uncertainty and help them get familiar with all of the new components they’re facing.
- Practice opening their lockers, especially if it’s a combination lock. Furthermore, help them to decorate it. It’s a great way to spend time together and get your child excited for their upcoming classes.
- Meet the teacher, especially if your child is just starting at the school. Make sure the teacher knows that your child is new to the school or the neighborhood. Writing a letter to the teacher with basic tips and easy requests is a big help. For instance, let the teacher know that you just moved there or that your child has never been to a school this size.
- Make a special purchase. Whether that be the more expensive backpack, taking them shopping for new clothes, or even just splurging on some cool notebooks, allowing your kids to create their identity for the year will ease their anxieties about fitting in.
Talking about the positives of the upcoming year and staying involved will get your child more excited about their education, which will make them more likely to succeed. Not every gesture that you make needs to be grand, just letting your child know that you’re there will be enough for them to tackle their grades!