Back to School Tips
Written by Staff
Plan ahead. If your child is heading to the classroom for the first time or attending a new school, arrange a tour of the school during the summer. Point out where their classroom is, how to get to the washroom, etc. You can also visit the bus stop location or the drop-off and pick-up area at school.
Stay organized. Lay out clothing and pack backpacks the night before to avoid a last-minute rush in the morning. Write down any information your child needs to know, like locker combinations, phone numbers, homeroom or classroom numbers, etc.
Establish a set bedtime. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, and start their day off with a healthy, low-sugar breakfast to boost concentration and memory.
Make studying as easy as possible. Create a quiet environment that is conducive to studying and doing homework. Designate a study area at home that includes a desk, a comfortable chair and any school supplies your child may need.
Show interest. Spend a little time each day talking to your child about what happened at school, specifically about aspects they are worried about. Remind them it’s normal to feel nervous or apprehensive about going back to school.
Be optimistic. Children—young children in particular—may experience anxiety when starting school. Acknowledge their fears but don’t dwell on them—focus on the positive and if the anxiety persists, contact your child’s teacher and/or doctor. Click here for more tips on how to deal with back-to-school anxiety.