Here are some tips to help you and your child transition from the lazy days of summer to the routine of school.
1. Attend back-to-school events for parents and students.
Parent Orientation – during this “adults only” evening you will spend time with your child’s teachers and fellow parents getting to know the school, class, routines, and procedures.
Open House – parents and students are invited to attend this informal gathering to familiarize themselves with the classroom, teachers, and other students.
Family Potluck Picnic - this well-attended Lower School event is held on the playground. The festive atmosphere does wonders for putting everyone at ease.
These time-tested events are sure to answer your every question, provide a visual point of reference when your child talks about his/her classroom, and put you in touch with other parents who are going through (or have gone through) the same apprehension of sending their child to school.
2. Establish a routine now – it is never too early. Children thrive on routine at home and at school. Consider things like bed and wake times, laying out clothes the night before, where the backpack will be kept, checking the backpack daily, signing papers and replacing them in the pack immediately, cleaning out the snack/lunch box. As your child gets older, it is important to continue these routines adding in homework practices, including where homework will be done and keeping a stocked school supply box.
3. Take time to de-stress. Children will pick up on and reflect your attitude. Keep a light-hearted and upbeat approach to this exciting time.
Most importantly, remember that there is a large network of folks here to help you. Reach out to teachers, administrators, and fellow parents and have a wonderful school year!
We look forward to seeing you at the family picnic,
Director of the Lower School
Last updated Aug 15, 2012 01:12:06