As the end of the holidays approaches, there are lots of things you can do to help your child get back into the school routine. Here are our top back to school tips!
Ease back in to the school routine
School holidays are a great time to take a break from the routine and just relax – stay up later, sleep in and do nothing for a while! But it can take a bit of time for kids to get back into the school routine at the end of the holidays! Try to help your child adjust before getting back to school – get them to bed a little earlier in the week before school starts, and get them out of bed a little earlier each morning. This way, when the alarm goes to get up for school on the first day of term, it won’t be as much of a shock to the system – for you and for them!
Get the gear
Before school starts, it’s a good idea to make sure your child has all of the things they will need. Think about replacing stationery items, buying the right books and making sure their school uniform and shoes still fit. Try to get this all organised in advance – that way, if you do need to buy new items of clothing, you’ll have time to get it done before school starts, rather than finding out at the very last minute! It’s also a good idea to take the time to label all of your child’s school items – uniforms, books, stationery and bags.
Catch up with friends
If your child hasn’t seen their friends much over the holidays, it might be a good idea to try to organise a couple of playdates leading up to the return to school. If your child is feeling a little nervous about going back to school, this will help them to feel more confident and remind them that they will enjoy spending time with their friends more often when they’re at school.
Get back to healthy eating
During the holidays we often indulge in a few more treats than normal, so try to get back into eating nutritious, healthy meals to give your child the energy they will need to concentrate all day at school. Make sure you have a good stash of healthy snacks on hand for the start of school, like veggie sticks and hummus, as well as some healthy, filling breakfast options like whole grain cereals, fruit and yoghurt to make sure your child has a good start to the day.
Set some goals
Encourage your child to set some goals for the year or term ahead. Perhaps they want to read their first chapter book, or they would like to work on building their confidence in maths. Writing these goals down will help them to stay motivated. You can also support your child to achieve these goals by checking in on their progress and encouraging them to keep working hard.