Guest Post by Kelly, A Kindergarten Teacher in Charlotte NC, who enjoys writing and learning about new things. I am currently studying game development in school and would like to make educational games for children as a career one day.
There’s no denying that back-to-school time has arrived once more: everywhere on TV and online, you’ll see ads proclaiming that the right t-shirt or pair of jeans will set your child up for success on their first day. Helping your kid get ready for a productive school year, however, involves more than just buying the cutest backpack and a new pair of shoes. Going back to school is an opportunity for your child to have a fresh start, and to develop positive habits that will help her for years to come. Make sure that both of you are prepared for the challenges that a new school year brings.
One of the biggest ways you can help your child have a successful beginning of the year is to make sure that she is well rested. Sleep schedules can be crazy during the summer, when children have more freedom. Going back to the structure that school brings to life can be a shock for your child’s body, and losing rest during the critical first weeks of school will only make absorbing all of that new material and making new friends that much harder. Begin easing her into a regular sleep routine during the last two weeks of summer, so that she can be alert and ready to learn on her very first day.
All parents know that mornings can be the most stressful part of the day for the whole family. With everyone trying to get to their own destination, it can be hard to make sure that your child gets off to school with a nutritious breakfast in her stomach and all of the supplies she needs for school ready on time. Having a plan that works for your family is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for school. The night before the first day of school, make sure that your child has laid out clothes for the next day, that all necessary school supplies are in her backpack, and that everyone will wake up in plenty of time to look their best, as well as eat a healthy breakfast – after all, nothing is more distracting than being hungry in class.
While what goes on at home contributes greatly to your kid’s success in school, it’s just as important to use the weeks before school starts as an opportunity to get an idea of what’s in store for your child. Schools are typically open a month before the first day, so a phone call to the school or an email to an administrator can yield a lot of information for curious parents. You’ll want to learn as much as you can about what your child will face in the coming year: any big tests, new teachers or principals, or major changes in the curriculum may impact how well your child does in the coming months. If you know what’s coming, you can help prepare your child so that she can face these challenges head on.
When the first day of school arrives, you’ll definitely want to accompany your child to her classroom. This way, you can get a look at the environment she’ll be learning in, as well as meet her teacher. This is a great opportunity to establish a connection with the teacher. If any issues arise in the coming year, you’ll want to be able to communicate with him or her to figure out how to best resolve them. Your child’s teacher seeing you actively involved in your child’s education from the very first day makes that communication much easier.
A new school year is both an exciting and a stressful time for kids. With the prospect of new friends and new opportunities, it’s important that they get the strongest start possible. With a little help from you, your child can have a great first day, and many more successful days to come.
Guest Post by Kelly, Kindergarten Teacher
Are your kids started school yet? Here in New York City our kids go back to school usually the next day after Labor day. This year we’re starting later (September 9th) because of Jewish New Year Holidays (Rosh Hashanah) which start on Wednesday and they figured they will not bother to have kids back to school for just 1 day and then have the rest of the week off.. I would also love you to share your back to school tips (in comments below)