For many, the month of August marks the beginning of a new school year, whether that is public school or homeschooling. Due to the multiple changes with the education system last year during the pandemic, youth (and adults) may experience a variety of emotions preparing for the start of the school year. During the summer months, many youth get out of routine with different summer activities and events, family vacations, and summer nights.
Here are some different ways to help your child (and yourself) get ready for the transition back to school:
- Practice your school routine a few weeks before school starts, including going to bed earlier each night and getting up earlier.
- Establish a nighttime routine. Prepping lunches for the next day and picking and laying out clothes the night before can help create a more calm morning.
- For youth going into Kindergarten, practice eating lunch and supper within the appropriate timespan they will be given at school. Lunchtime at school can be very short and new students can typically feel overwhelmed with the change.
- For any youth who may be feeling anxious or nervous, you can take a school tour, meet the teacher(s), and practice any forms of transportation.
- For families who choose to homeschool, it can be helpful to have all the necessary and needed supplies, and create a school/workspace for lessons.
- It can be helpful to plan out after-school snacks and suppers to help with the nighttime routine and flexibility.
- Planning out schedules (school, work, sports) for each family member can also be beneficial.
This blog post was written by Post Adopt Coordinator, Jaclyn Stroehl, LBSW