Back to School

Routines

Starting school means getting into new routines.  Here are some tips that will help your child make the adjustment:

  • Find a set bedtime that lets your child feel well rested in the morning
  • Practice the back to school routine a few times before the first day
  • Have your child help you to prepare what you can the night before (pick out clothes, pack a healthy lunch pack school bag)
  • Talk to your child’s school and find out what the routines are. Help your child to understand what is expected – practice new or difficult skills at home before school starts

Focus on the Positives

Starting school is easier for everyone if a child has something to look forward to.

  • Purchasing school supplies or clothes with your child is a good way to get excited about starting school
  • Check with your child’s school to find out what supplies your child will need this year
  • Talk to your child about the fun activities he or she will get to do and the new friends they will make

‘First Day’ Worries

Kids can have real worries about starting school.

  • Talk to your child about school concerns
  • Read books about the first day of school
  • Make time to listen when kids want to talk
  • Get involved with school activities or events
  • Reassure your child that you and the teacher will support him or her

Be sure to check out:

Invest in Kids Back to School Guide http://www.investinkids.ca/parents/tip-sheets.aspx

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