Back-to-school season is just around the corner. For some, it's a time of excitement and anticipation. But other children may find the changes to their routine challenging. Besides the back-to-school wellness visit with your pediatrician, here are a few tried and true strategies to get your young child both physically and psychologically ready for the new school year.
Establish a Consistent Sleep Routine
A well-rested child is a happy learner. Gradually adjust your child's sleep schedule to align with the school routine a week or two before classes begin. This will help them wake up fresh, energetic, and ready to conquer the day.
Visit the School and Meet the Teacher
Eliminate the fear of the unknown. Ask your child’s school if you can take a tour, allowing your child to explore the classrooms and playground. Introduce them to their new teacher to help build trust and ease any first-day jitters.
Stock Up on School Supplies
Make the school shopping experience exciting. Let your child choose some of their own school supplies, like a trendy backpack, crayons, colored pens, water bottle, or lunch box they’ll be proud of. Personal touches can spark enthusiasm for the new adventure.
Complete a Backpack Emergency Card
It is important for you and your child to have emergency contact information with you in case of an emergency. You will find a ready-to-use template here. Complete the card and keep the Child’s Card in your child’s backpack and the Guardian’s Card in your wallet.
Read Books About School
Books are fantastic conversation starters. Read age-appropriate stories about school life, friendships, and new experiences. Discuss characters' feelings and thoughts to help your child process their own emotions.
Create a Special Countdown Calendar
Building anticipation is fun! Craft a colorful countdown calendar and let your child mark off each day until school starts. This simple act can transform anxiousness into eagerness.
Now get ready to capture those first day memories with a camera and a box of tissues. If you need further assistance, remember that your health care provider is there to answer questions and lend support. Wishing you and your child a fantastic start to the new school adventure! Happy learning!