Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back to School Transitions: Tips for Parents

Health Routines:
-Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines at least 1 week before school starts. Prepare your child for this change by talking with your child about the benefits of school routines in terms of not becoming over tired or overwhelmed by school work and activities.
-Encourage your child to play quiet games, do puzzles, flash cards, color, or read instead of watching television. This will help ease your child into the learning process and school routine. If possible, maintain this practice throughout the school year. Television is distracting for many children, and your child will arrive at school better prepared to learn each morning if he or she has engaged in less passive activities.

Developing good studying habits:
-Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy.
-Schedule ample time for homework.
-Establish a household rule that the TV stays off during homework time.
-Supervise computer and internet use.
-Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but don’t do your child's homework.
-If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren't able to help him/ her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child's teacher.

Making the first day easier:
-Remind your child that he/she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
-Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. You’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh your child positive memories about previous years.
-Drive your child to school and pick him/ her up on the first day.

School supplies:
-Try to get your child’s school supplies as early as possible and fill the backpacks before school starts.

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