August is here and for students in East Tennessee, it’s time to head back to school. This is an exciting time, but it can also be intimidating for students and parents alike.
However, there are plenty of ways to reduce stress as your kids head back into the classroom.
Here are some tips for making the transition go smoother.
One of the most stressful parts of going back to school for a child is the unknown.
- Will they like their new teacher?
- Will they be able to navigate their new environment?
- Can they handle the new curriculum?
Try getting to know your child’s new teacher by meeting them face to face at open house events. Be positive about your child’s teacher so they know they have nothing to worry about. Tour the new school or classroom with your child to relieve some of their fear of the unknown.
Make shopping for school supplies a special event for your child. Take them along and get them interested in learning new things with stuff they’ve never used before like colored markers or calculators. Maybe take them out for an ice cream or a special lunch. And give them some choices by letting them pick out a cool themed notebook or the backpack of their choice.
Begin The Routine Early-
Most families have their own morning routine when it comes to the school year. Don’t wait until the first day of classes to start yours. Start enforcing bedtime rules a few days early to get your child into the pattern. Maybe practice the morning routine with your child. Drill getting to the bus stop on time. Find out what works best for your family by trial and error and just making a routine that works for you.
Try a few of these ideas and see if they make transitioning into the new school year easier for your family.