Back-to-School season is officially here! We began prepping for the new school year a few weeks ago. We already have almost all the school supplies purchased and first day of school outfits have been chosen. Our entire family is excited to make the transition from summer to the next school year.Not everyone is excited for back to school though. One in five children struggle with reading, writing, math, organization or focus and the beginning of a new school year can be an especially challenging for them. Stress levels are particularly high as they face new subjects, friends, teachers and schools.
The Ad Council and Understood.org have partnered to promote ways children and their families can be First-Day Ready. Understood.org is offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help parents with students at every age successfully manage back-to-school transitions.
Check out these back-to-school tips from the Understood.org website. They helped my family; hopefully they can help yours too.Create A Routine: Planning early is important to help relieve stress. Creating structure and routine around the start of the new school year—with checklists, calendars and other organization systems— helps prepare kids for class expectations. You can print off the Backpack Checklist so nothing is forgotten and the Homework Contract to take stress out of homework time.
Visit The School: Take your child on a school tour to help ease fears by showing them how to find their classroom, nearby bathrooms, the cafeteria and other important places the first week of school. This can be a huge stress relief whether the child is new to the school or not. Just knowing where to go can help them feel more comfortable.
Meet The Teacher: Connecting with your child’s teacher early on benefits everyone and creates a great starting point for the new year. This will give you an opportunity to share your child’s needs or learning style while expressing your support for the teacher and the challenges he/she may be facing with a new classroom full of students. You will help create an atmosphere of cooperation while speaking up for your child and his or her challenges.
So, no matter your child’s age or needs, make this Back-to-School season a seamless transition and positive experience! If you could use some help getting started on the right foot this school year, Understood.org is a great place to start.
All kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, all kids can thrive in school and in life.