By Felicity LuHill
September 1, 2017
It’s that time of year again! Whether your child has been spending his summer out at the pool or participating in summertime enrichment activities, he’s going to have to adjust to heading back to school.
Though most kids aren’t too happy about summer being over, there are some ways to smooth the transition, and even make going back to school seem more fun! Here are three tips to help your child get back in the mindset of school:
- Create a schedule and start sticking to it. Chances are your kid didn’t have much of a schedule during the summertime, at least not like the one he’ll have when school starts again. To help him get back into the mood for school, create a schedule and start acclimating him to it. Begin moving up that bedtime that got later and later over the past couple months. Start cutting down TV time. Schedule meals so they’re at routine times.
- Remind him of the fun part of school. Even for those kids who hate going to school, there are some fun parts to it. For example, buying new school supplies? So much fun! Letting him pick the notebooks he’ll use over the next year can help him get excited to show them off. This is also true for new school clothes, shoes, or even a new haircut (combine this with number 4 and you’ve got a Barbershop Books reading space). If the budgets are tight, you can also start setting up playdates with school friends he’s lost connections with over the summer.
- Add the fun to school! The fun doesn’t have to be built into the school experience, you can add fun aspects to school that may not have been there last year. Reward his first week of school with his favorite meal. Listen to his favorite music on the way to dropping him off in the morning. Or spend your morning drive telling him jokes, and challenge him to make up funnier ones. Even these small things give him something to look forward to that is related to school.
- Get back into reading (if you’ve been reading less in the summer). Though at Barbershop Books we’ve been advocating HARD the importance of reading regularly in the summer, we know that reading can sometimes slip behind. Now that school is back in session and your child’s schedule is getting more regular, it’s time to get back in the game! Get back into those fifteen minutes or more of reading a night, it’ll help him feel more prepared for when he has to read for school.
School can get a bad rep, which can make this time of year hard. Be proactive in helping your child adjust, help him see the fun parts of school, and remind him he’s not alone!