SUMMER BLOG – Getting Ready for School:
Summer can be a wonderful season for families to move at a slower pace, doing activities together with a more relaxed schedule. Making the transition back to school can be challenging for kids and their parents. It can be helpful to start this transition early, in small increments, so the first day of school is not so overwhelming. This can include slowly adapting both morning and bedtime routines so that kids are well rested and ready to face the day.
Children often have some big emotions associated with going back to school. Another way to prepare kids for this change is by giving them opportunities to talk about their feelings. This includes what they’re worried about and what they’re looking forward to. Children might be afraid of the unknown. If your child is unsure about being away from family, you might want to set up some play dates with friends or relatives to practice. Visiting the school, playing on the playground, and seeing their classroom and teacher before the first day, can help ease uncomfortable feelings about school.
This week the Puppet Pals learn some activities that will help them ease into their transition back to school. You can run off the poster and come up with some activities that you can do in your home, so that your child feels physically and emotionally ready for this exciting move to a new school year.