So, here I am (and I hate to say this) nearing the end of the summer break. I know it’s been long thus I cannot complain in the least, and to be fair I still have a few more days to get into going back to school mode so not panicking just yet.
As I am contemplating my summer adventures and feeling ready to start the new year, it will, no doubt, take some time to adjust to my new academic routine and I am sure all kids, come September, will need to do the same. Some children may find it harder than others and many parents will find it hard to get their kids back into a school routine. This post hopes to make things as easy as possible. Read on to find how you can easily get your child ready for school after the summer holidays.
Adjust sleep schedule
Start to move their bedtime closer to their school bedtime a week before. The summer time makes our circadian rhythms go all over the place, some time will be needed to get it back into school mode.
Make sure the uniform fits
Sort through your child’s school clothes and make sure their uniform still fits. You don’t want them going to school on their first day looking like Michael Jackson, no matter how much we love him. Children grow so fast and growth spurts over the summer are very common.
Before school starts, make sure you label absolutely everything with both name and surname. If your child is old enough they can do it themselves. You can also get some really cute sticker labels online, to save yourself some time. Whatever you choose to do, it is a time-consuming chore so make sure you give yourself enough time to do it. Label clothes, shoes, water bottles, P.E. kit, pencils, pencil cases, anything and everything that belongs to your child. Your child’s year group is also a good idea to include on the labelling so that if something gets lost it can be returned to the rightful owner.
Start by slowly changing eating times to mirror those during school times. Your child’s can then slowly start adjusting to those and won’t start feeling super hungry during lesson time, once school starts. Make sure you stock up on healthy food supplies to have for meal prepping once school starts. Your child will need vitamins and nutrients from healthy fruit and veg so don’t forget a nice healthy snack for them. More ideas for getting your children to eat more fruit and veg can be found HERE.
Holidays are great for the well-earned rest but can sometimes cause a hurdle in your child’s learning. A short while before school starts, some revising of taught concepts is a good idea to refresh their memory. This will help bridge new concepts taught in the upcoming year with older ones and will equip your child with the ability to make connections faster and easier.
Enjoy the new year ahead! DON’T MISS OUT!
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Till next time…
Great advice, Peppi. I think it’s also important to talk positively about what the new school year will bring; see it as an adventure about to start, and get kids excited about reconnecting with old friends, making new friends, and meeting a new teacher.
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Very well said, Norah! That is a great addition!
Of course, discussion is the number one thing, I think I sort of took that one for granted.
I appreciate your feedback, immensely. ❤
Every year we start our preparations at the end of August. Of course, the child enjoys the summer holidays, but it is important that he or she understands that this cannot continue all the time. That is why we set up a sleep regime two weeks before school so that he can wake up early, and of course, we repeat the information – different school knowledge of mathematics as well as history.
Someone will say that it is better to let your child spend the last days of summer without classes but I think that half an hour of learning per day will not be superfluous.
Thank you for your advice! There will probably be more changes in the new school year due to the virus situation but in this article, you have described the minimum that must be done by September.
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Thank you for taking the time to write and I’m so happy that you found this article helpful. Well done for being so well prepared and organised by getting into the school routine gradually. Two weeks before school starts is a good period for the body to adjust but physically and mentally. I totally agree with your way of approaching back-to-school reality and a little revision never harmed anyone so long as it’s only a little a day and not too stressful – just like you are doing it.
With Covid-19 this year, things are a bit rocky and most definitely uncertain but it sounds like you have it all under control.
Have a great academic year and stay safe!