As your students settle into a new school year, we realize that going back to school comes with both a great deal of excitement and a need to get back into a routine, both for children and parents. Here are some tips to help ease the transition back to school:
Don’t underestimate the power of sleep: As Eleanor Mackey, a psychologist with Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. says in this article about managing back-to-school anxiety, “When we’re tired, we’re moody, and little things can feel really big,” Mackey explains. “Anxiety is much worse if sleep is bad. Make sure you have a good quiet routine and early enough bedtime that your child can get sufficient sleep.”
Set-up a homework station (if your child has homework): Sit down with your child and together designate a time and place where they can do their homework each day. Having the supplies your child needs at the ready can help your child do their assignments more efficiently.
After school: Many children need a break after school, even 10 to 15 minutes to unwind after a busy day. Just a small window of time to engage in light conversation, read, draw, work on a puzzle, or do some other quiet activity can help children transition into after-school activities.
Review school materials and information: There is a lot of information disseminated from you child’s school at the beginning of any school year. It can be overwhelming, but valuable as you and your child may inevitably have questions come up during the first weeks of school that may be answered in communication that is sent through school.
Ask questions and let the teacher know about your child. Every teacher and student spend the first few weeks of school getting to know one another. At GHS we are available to support families and answer any questions you may have. We also encourage you to let us know more about your child to make the beginning of school a smooth start.
“Tips to Help Kids with Back-To-School Anxiety” by Elissa Nadworny