As summer comes to an end, many of us may already be overwhelmed by the thought of the children going back to school. All the morning mayhem, the stress of the school run and the headache of homework nagging. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You have the power to turn it all around and transform ‘back to school’ anxiety into a positive experience.
With a little mindful preparation, a light-hearted attitude and plenty of smiles you can create a calmer and more positive approach to going back to school for you and your kids.
Here are a few ways to help you get off to a good start and help your children embrace school days again.
The family checklist
Eliminate morning madness by creating a new family checklist together. Children love routine. Ask your child which order they would prefer to do things in on a school morning and create a poster for the family to share. If they slack you can gently guide them back to your ‘agreed’ checklist poster. Being organised will cut out morning stress and lateness and will make the start to the day more pleasant for everyone.
Enjoy some school shopping together with your child. A great tip to get them excited about going back to school is to involve them. Allow them to pick out a new pair of school shoes, a new bag or a new lunch box. It will make them feel grown up too.
Read, read, read
Take time to continue reading with your kids throughout the summer holidays. Not only is this a great way to spend quality time with them but it will help boost their literacy, revise challenging words and practice reading over the break. Pick some recommended books from our summer reading blog here or choose some books relating to starting school if it’s their first day!
If you are transitioning to secondary school or starting reception, it’s always a great idea to take a trip past the school or practice your new journey with a pick up / drop off. Perhaps you could even explore the nearest café or park along the way to build up the excitement. It will reassure your child to know where they are going and what is going to happen on that first day.
Boost reading and writing over the summer
A few sessions with an inspiring Tutor in London or attending a fun summer camp will also help prepare your child for the return to school. SENsational Tutors Ltd.’s summer booster sessions are designed to offer tailor-made lessons which will help stimulate and revitalise your child’s love of learning and lift self-confidence before starting school.
Coping with nervous behaviour
If you are faced with a very anxious child, don’t forget you are the adult so pay attention to how you react. Stay calm, listen, and encourage them to share their feelings. Instead of reassuring them, problem solve and plan their first day at school. Focus on all the positive things like their yummy lunch or the fun games that they will play during breaktimes.
If you need advice and support, SENsational Tutors can provide some training from home or consult you on how best to cope with any behavioural challenges.
To find a tutor in London to help you prepare for the new school year, contact SENsational Tutors Ltd.