The school year is just around the corner and before you know it, you’ll be sending your kids back to school, or even sending them off for the first time! While sending a child to school for the first time can be scary and challenging for everyone, there are a few ways to prepare your child for school that should make the transition easier on them and you!
First, put it in your child’s mind that school is nearing, and that it’s something they’ll be doing. Sit down, talk about it, and make sure that your child starts to get comfortable with the idea. Surely, they’ll have questions about it because it’s so new to them, and you’ll want to answer all their questions and quell any fears they might be facing about going to school. In order to prepare your child for school, you’ll want to make sure they have a strong understanding of what school is, why it’s necessary, and that it’s going to be a positive experience.
The next step to prepare your child for school is setting up a routine. School is very much based on routines and normalcy, and you’ll want to make sure your child is ready for that kind of setting. Start by setting bed times, meal time routines, and even learning time routines. Although they’ll be different in school, even introducing routines in your child’s day to day life can be extremely helpful.
Another fun way to prepare your child for school is setting up learning time every day prior to them going to school. You’ll want to make sure that learning is fun, that way they continue to make positive associations through their life with learning. Setting aside an hour or two every day is a great way to instill this in your child, and it gives you an opportunity to spend some quality time and watch them learn and grow. After all, you’ll want to cherish this time they’re home before you pack them up and send them off to school!
The key to prepare your child for school is really just making sure that it’s a positive experience. You don’t want them to fear it or become anxious about it so really letting them know that it’s fun, and a great experience will really help with preparation. What things have you done to prepare your child for school?