No More Staying Up Late and Sleeping-in – Tips for a Successful School Year

  • Try getting up earlier a couple of days before the new school year begins
  • Talk about what
    to expect at school , visit the school ahead of time
  • Reading books about school, especially when
    kids are in transition between elementary and junior high or junior high to high school. Reading about how other
    kids solved problems, made friends, etc., helps them figure out how to handle new situations
  • Get
    the kids involved in preparing to go back to school, clothes, supplies, practice walking to
    school.
  • Encourage discussion
  • Parents who are struggling with emotions about
    children going off to kindergarten need to ” put on a happy face” when sending kids off school, so that it is
    positive experiencefor the children
  • Avoid yelling if your child resists getting up in the morning,
    getting dressed etc. (expect occasion problems)
  • Eat breakfast
  • Take child to
    school first few days if possible
  • Make time to talk about school happenings
  • Pack
    lunch with favorite food
  • Pack backpack the night before especially on gym day

Suggested reading

McCracken, J.B. . So Many Goodbyes, NAEYC. #573/Single
.

Balaban, N. 1985. Starting school: From separation to
independence (A guide for early childhood teachers)
. New York: Teachers College Press

Jennifer Cummings

Ms. Cummings, author, and editor of the Education and School Section, she has a B.A.in psychology and an M.Ed. in special education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts. She was an elementary teacher in Massachusetts serving both regular education and special education students. She has taught grades 1,4, and 5.

"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings.
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