A couple of weeks ago, a friend overheard our sons talking about 1st grade. What she heard wasn't the giddy excitement that I expected. But it was more about stresses and worries... homework, reading, harder math, and new kids. Makes sense, really. So I contacted a couple of respected teachers and asked for a few tips on how to help them get ready for a new school year. Here are a few of the thoughts that they shared...
Read books about starting school, or being worried or scared.
Have 10 - 20 minutes of quiet time at home every day to help them settle down, and to get used to quiet time at school.
If it's your child's first time having lunch at school out of a lunch box, practice at home or at the park. Sometimes kids just don't know where to start. And it's a good way for you to find out if they struggle with any containers, before they come home hungry.
Create a small keepsake together that they can keep in their cubby or backpack. Sometimes a quick look or hug of a photo of Mom or Dad can make them feel better.