Parents of school-aged kids know all too well that as summer winds down, there are so many things that need to be done to prepare for going back to school. More than preparing materially, let’s do our best to prepare our children emotionally and mentally for the school as well.
Here are some things you can do to help your kids be prepared for the new school year:
1. Read books together — including books about going back to school. Your child may be fearful about the vast content material and new lessons that he will be facing when school starts. Help him gain confidence by reading lots of books together — encourage him to read out loud to you as well, if he can. This will help sharpen his reading skills, which he will need for reading directions on his books and completing homework assignments.
Make sure, too, that you include books about going back to school on your reading list. You may also want to include books about making new friends, especially for first-time school-goers. You can easily find these at your local bookstore.
Reading books like these with your child will most likely help ease his back-to-school jitters. Don’t forget to have a meaningful discussion about the book afterwards. You may even want to “act out” the situations in the book, to make things more fun and relevant to your kid!
2. Go on a school tour. This is especially applicable if your child is just starting school, or has transferred to a new or “bigger” school. Ask your child’s school principal or teacher if you can visit her classroom so that she can be familiarized with her surroundings. Some schools offer free trial classes, so avail of those opportunities as well.
Don’t forget to include a tour of the school grounds, including the comfort room, school clinic, library and other important places, so that your child knows where to go for a particular need.