Earlier this year, W started a preschool alternative program that gave him and I a few hours apart from each other. And this summer he’s been in camp twice a week. But in the fall he will start his first official year of school with Pre-K. It will be at a brand new school for him but I think it is going to be a great fit. Still, I’m trying to make it a smooth transition so I’m focused on how I can help him prepare for back to school!
5 Ways to Help Kids Prepare for Back to School
Preparing your child to go back to school isn’t always easy. And I’ll admit that I feel like I should know more about how to support him because of my teaching background. But I’ve never sent my own child off to school so this is a first for me! But I think there are some important things to remember and easy ways to help your kids prepare for back to school!
1. Sleep is so Important
Sleep is important. You may be tired of hearing this tip, but it’s so true! Make sure your child gets enough sleep to help going back to school a little easier. This is actually one that can be challenging for us because W is a night owl and loves to stay up late with Daddy!
2. Food is Essential
Your child needs the right kind of food in their bellies. While it may be tempting to feed them junk food, it’s important to get those veggies, fruits, and whole grains in their tummies. This is another big one for us because W is such a picky eater! He’ll be taking his lunch to school so I’m hoping it might help him pick up a few good eating habits.
Journaling? Yes! Your child needs a place to express their feelings and excitement. Even if your child is a preschooler, you can help them journal their feelings. W loves to draw so we talk about school and then draw pictures together. It’s the way I can keep an eye on how he might be feeling.
Your child may not know how to express their feelings, but encourage him or her to share them. There may be a lot of anxieties about going to school, but sharing those feelings really does help. Even though W might not be able to fully explain how he is feeling, he’s happy to sit down and have some quality time talking with me.
5. Get Back into Routine
You can start the back to school routine a little early. About a week before the first day of school, start going to bed early, getting up early, and doing the things you would do before school starts. Include your child in the process as much as possible. Let them choose what they want for breakfast (as long as it’s reasonable) and also allow them to pick from a variety of outfits. This is an absolute must for me! I did the same thing for myself when I was teaching!
Getting ready for going back to school is really all about being prepared and building excitement! It is actually one of my favorite times of year!