Many children will be happy to see their friends, have somewhere to go daily and secretly miss the structure of classroom life. Some will mourn the loss of staying up late and sleeping later in the morning. Either way, KidsHealth.org offers some strategies parents can use to make the transition from summer freedom to school routine smooth for the whole family.
Children need enough sleep, a healthy breakfast and a great attitude to succeed on a daily basis.
KidsHealth.org suggests starting children on a school schedule a week before school begins with a regular bedtime and waking them up at the time they will need to wake for school.
"It's really important that children get the sleep they need," Elaine Clarke, second grade teacher at Meridian Elementary, said.
"After sleep, make sure they eat a good, nutritious breakfast."
Many children don't like to eat when they first wake up, so most schools offer breakfast daily. Whether they eat at home, or school, a good breakfast will jump-start their brains.
"The most helpful thing parents can do for their children, is to make going to school as positive as possible," Forest Park Principal Connie Cook said.
"I agree," Meridian Principal Karen Phillips said. "If parents can start the day off right, kids will bring that attitude to school. It can make a difference between a good day, or a bad day for the student."
To get that great attitude and really enjoy school, it may take some effort on the child's part. Students can benefit from the following tips, including,
o Paying attention when teachers go over the classroom rules, write the rules down,
o Saying hello to new students, making new friends makes school more enjoyable,
o When a child is starting a new school, try to learn shortcuts to make getting to class easier. Ask other students for help. It's less stressful if a student doesn't have to worry about being late for class or getting lost,
o Wear a favorite outfit, looking good and feeling comfortable equals less stress,
o Make sure students are prepared. Have the needed supplies organized and ready to go the night before.
This prevents panic attacks the next morning,
o Check the menu, if the lunch isn't appealing, pack on for the next day, and
o Take notes, where to go, what to bring, locker combinations and other important information should be written down so that it isn't forgotten in the first few weeks of school.
"If parents would take that week before school and just review some of the students necessary skills, it would help the children get into the school mind set that they'll need to be in," Clarke said.
"Ask children to read a book out loud, or read to them and ask questions. Have children count change, or inventory the pantry. Help the child put a puzzle together, or play memory games with a deck of cards. These things will get a students mind back on learning in a fun way, and set them on the right path for a successful year in school."