It is important to be prepared and ready for the transition from the summer holidays to your children going back to school! It can be tough for children (and parents!) to get back into the school routine, but we’ve got 20 useful back to school tips that will help!
1. Start the routine back up. Around a week or two your child is due back at school, start setting their bedtimes to what they will be used to for school. Encourage scheduling tasks for the day and prioritising a good nights sleep. This will make the transition a lot easier for them when they are back at school.
2. Encourage kids to read and write before they go back to school. This will give them a fast start in refreshing their skills.
3. Have a fun last day of summer. Do an activity your child likes to distract them from thinking too much into the start of a new school year. This can help them to feel happy and positive for what is to come.
4. Practise using an egg timer for certain tasks. This can really help a child focus for homework and school activities. It can be turned into a game, where the child wants to concentrate on their work, and then they can play after. Try out this great online version of an egg timer too!
5. Encourage your kids to make to-do lists for their homework. We all know the benefits of writing things down before we forget, give your child a head start by getting them into the habit of outlining what they need to do each day.
6. Include your child when shopping for school supplies. To save money and tantrums, have your child help with selecting the items they will use at school. Your child will care about the appearance of items such as their bag, lunch box and pencil case, so let them choose it so that they feel comfortable.
7. Make sure their uniform fits. An important one for fast growing children! Make sure all items of clothing from your child’s school uniform to sports kit are in good enough condition for the year ahead. Ask your child to try on each item of clothing to make sure you are fully prepared, that you have one of each sock and that trousers and jumpers all fit. If you have younger children, consider holding on to the uniform if they can wear it when they reach the same age. Add name labels to all items of clothing to make sure lost items are always found, you’ll be glad you did this at the start of the year!
8. Encourage your children to be organised. Buy folders for your child so that would work from each class can be stored away. If your child starts the year organised, they will continue to be throughout the year.
9. Form the habit of getting ready the night before. Encourage your child to pack sports kit, school accessories and books the night before to save time in the morning.
10. Buy a reusable bottle. Your child will be able to fill up their water bottle at school, so help them stay hydrated throughout the day with a water bottle they
are happy bringing.
11. Have a small emergency fund for your child. Explain to your child that they have some money for purchasing food or drink when they need it. Explain to your child the situations in when they should use this fund and ask them to tell you when they have used it so you can replace it.
12. Look at your child’s timetable to know what supplies they will need. Depending on the child’s age, they will need different supplies, for example slightly older children may need rulers, protractors and calculators for Maths lessons.
13. Remove distractions at bedtime. A habit we should all get into, make sure children have a few hours before bed where they do not use technology. This will help them get a better quality of sleep at night.
14. Ask you children how they feel about the new school year. It is important to give your child a chance to talk about any worries or concerns, so that you can reassure them and know how they are really feeling.
15. Set goals with your child. Before the start of a new, reflect on the previous year with the child and identify room for improvement. Every child will have their favourite subjects, their best subjects and their worst. It is great to discuss with your child where they want to improve so you can chat to teachers about extracurricular help and learning.
16. Encourage responsibility. You’ll be glad you did this! Purchase your child a noticeboard to encourage them to put important letters they receive up where you can both see them. This will save them getting lost and will encourage them to share everything they are given with you.
17. Embrace hobbies. Take notice of what your child enjoys, whether it is learning an instrument or a new sport, encourage them to try something new and to encourage learning outside of the classroom. Hobbies can allow your child to meet new friends and you can meet new parents too!
18. Have a special object. Whether it’s the first day of school for your child or they are a little older, have a special object that reminds them of home. You can put it in their lunchbox or bag to remind them that you are always thinking of them.
19. Play games like ‘What’s your name?’ By giving your child some practise, you can make it a lot easier for them to chat to new people at school and to communicate better with teachers. A common fear that we all feel is meeting new people and putting our hand up to answer a question. If you can make these behaviours a game with your child, they will really benefit from feeling confident enough to talk to others.
20. Arrange travel arrangements. Know exactly how your child will be getting to school way in advance. If a child is going to cycle, then make sure you know the route they will take and the dangers. If your child is going to be getting a bus, make sure the child knows where the bus goes and what to do if there any problems. If the school is in walking distance, see if any of their friends at school will be going the same way, this can allow them to walk together which will be safer!