Getting ready to start or return to school:
The new school year brings great new opportunities, social and academic. It is a fresh start, full of possibilities, but it may also cause some anxiety.
- Talk to your child about how they feel about starting or returning to school; stress the positive and alleviate their concerns by sharing your own experiences or talking through any apprehensions your child has.
- Read books together that feature school life in a positive light. There are various children’s books focusing on ‘the first day at school’ for those about to start in their Pre-K or K class to rehearse starting school in their imaginations, dispelling fear and uncertainty.
- Involve your child in choosing whatever equipment they will require for the school year ahead and encourage them to organize it into their school bag themselves – resist the temptation to do it for them! Allow children to label their own belongings; this develops a sense of ownership, encouraging them to take care of their school possessions. It can even be a creative activity, using fabric pens. This activity and involvement will help your child to process and prepare for their imminent return to school.