It’s that time of the year when you see your children off to school, but how do you get them ready for another year of education?
As a mother, one of my biggest worries in my son’s early life was how to get him ready for school. I always used to wonder whether he’d make friends, whether he would behave himself, whether his teacher would like him, whether he’d be happy.
The weeks right before the first couple of school years were basically a long list of questions but, as the English proverb puts it: experience is the best teacher.
Get Them Hyped Up: Take them with you to buy their school supplies, and let them – within limits – choose their own notebooks, pens, etc. This will get them excited about the new school year to come, and will show them that school can be both interesting and fun.
Get Them In A Routine: A week or so before school starts, get them into a routine by waking them up early, getting them ready and giving them breakfast. It takes a routine 28 consecutive days to become a habit, and this will make it much easier for them to wake up and feel ready to tackle another day at school.
Show Them Where They Are Going: Drive by the school and show them where they’re going. Answer any questions they might come up with, and reassure them that it’s going to be okay. We find it easy to go to somewhere new – if anything, most of us would be quite excited to go back to school – but for them, it must be rather scary!
Create A Sense of Familiarity: One of the biggest shocks for children when they go to school for the first time is definitely the fact that they go from spending all or most of their time with family members to being in a building full of strangers. To ease this transition, keeping a sense of familiarity always helps. So, if you know any of the other pupils’ parents, try to set up play dates before school kicks off. This will help your child feel a sense of comfort at seeing a familiar face once school starts.
Ultimately, however, the best lesson you’ll learn through experience is to let them figure it out for themselves. Worrying and getting them ready is important, definitely, but it’s also important to let them make the most of their experience. Give them the tools, but never force them to use them!
Do you have any other hints and tips?