It’s that time of the year again when we need to prepare our students for the new school year. But buying notebooks, pens, and Math tools is not enough – back to school is a major event in every child’s life, so the first days are usually quite difficult. With a little effort and a few tips, you can ease the transition from home to school and get your kid excited about the new academic year.
Start the school schedule early
Your child will need several days or a week to adjust to the early waking up after the freedom of the summer and the return back to Dubai if you have been away during the summer holiday. So, start the back-to-school schedule by moving the bedtime timing earlier to ensure he or she will have no problem to wake up on time.
Meet the new teacher
Usually, your child’s classmates are different every year and many kids are nervous seeing each other for the first time. Meet with the new teacher, so that the kid can see at least one familiar face on the first day of school. You can also try to meet with other parents and children – this way, your student will be excited to see his friends and will just forget about anxiety.
Get to know the new school
Most children get used to the new environment easy, but if your child is younger and needs to go to a new school, show him around the building. The most important places are the bathroom, the nurse room, the cafeteria and the school’s office.
Find some after-school activity that your kid enjoys – sports, music classes, or any other arts & crafts and creative activity. It will make him truly happy to go to school every single day. But remember not to over-schedule your child, so that he can relax from the long day in school.
It may sound harsh, but children need an all-day routine. Make sure your child develops a habit of unpacking his bag, doing homework, and preparing for the next day. This will be beneficial for both parents and kids.
Communicate with the teacher
Communicate with your kid’s teacher on a weekly or monthly basis not only when there is a problem. This way, you will keep track of his development and spot various issues before it’s too late. Of course, the communication between parents and kids is even more important, but you should know that. Just remember not to be over-protective – after all, your child needs to become an independent and responsible grown-up person one day.
Limit the screen time
The more your children play outdoors with their friends, the easier they get tired. And the easier they get tired, the easier to get to beds early. This, of course, is one of the many benefits of physical activity, but it is one that improves home organization.
Naturally, one of the best ways to keep the kids prepared for the new school year is by never stop educating them!