How to Prepare Your Kids for the Upcoming School Year
Have you recently moved to a new community or town this summer? It can take some time to get used to a different area, especially for the kids. The summer also tends to be a busy season, often making it difficult to juggle unpacking, finding a job, getting settled and getting ready for the new school year. But we’re here to help! Here are some tips to prepare your kids for the upcoming school year with ease.
Scout Out The School
If your children will be attending a new school, be sure to make a few trips there before the school year starts. Get them acquainted with the new route, school grounds, and playground, but also let them peek into the windows to get a better idea of what their new classrooms and facilities will look like. The more comfortable they can get with the school beforehand, the less scary it will be when school starts.
Meet Neighbours With Kids
Sometimes as a parent you need to take one for the team – and that means going out and meeting all the new neighbours who have kids. This can help your children make new friends with other kids their own age in the neighbourhood before they even start class. They might even be excited to attend school if they’ve already bonded with others beforehand.
Set Up An Orientation Day
Many schools will offer an orientation program to help integrate new students. This can help your child tour the facilities and meet their new teacher before school starts. They may even have a buddy program that will help your child get better acquainted with the school. If the new school doesn’t offer this program, you should still ask to see if you and your child can meet the teacher for a few minutes before school starts to help your little one get settled in.
Start A School Routine Early
If your kids have been at home all summer or at camp, they’ll likely have fallen out of their normal school routine. Mid-August is the best time to get them back on a regular routine. This will ensure they’ve had enough sleep and are ready for the first day.
Get Them Excited
Switching to a new school can be stressful for children. But you can ease their worries and get them more excited about the experience by talking it out. Let them know about all of the new things they’ll get to do in the next coming year, whether it be art class, school trips or science. Boast about all the things that will be better about this school than their last one, like a bigger gym, onsite pool, or cooler playground. Your kids will also be more enthusiastic if you let them pick out their own supplies and new clothes this year – it’s a great distraction.
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