Preparation for the first day of school is key in reducing stress for both the parent and child. Here are tips for a smooth transition into the school year. Following these tips should ease anxiety, but remember to encourage positive attitudes – This will be a great new class and new school year!!!
Gather school materials, lunch box, etc.
Check the teacher’s notes for items to bring for the student and for the class.
Set up a place for homework, backpack, lunch box – easy to grab on the way out the door.
Gather school clothes
Check to see if they fit, are clean, and will be comfortable for the first day.
Set up a place for homework at home
Desk, chair, light, supplies, clock, and a daily schedule for homework.
Practice the morning routine now so it’s comfortable the first day
Set a visual schedule of wake up time, wash up time, breakfast time, time to leave the house.
Practice the trip to school
Drive the route, whether the students will be on the bus, walking, or driving to decrease any anxiety about how long it will take, and what they will see along the way.
Schedule a playdate
Meet a friend who will be in the class, if possible, before the first day, so there is a familiar face.