How to help your child prepare for school after that Christmas break

Whilst students have already had their first term, there can always be still a few nervous jitters as they head back into from their Christmas holidays. It might be the start of new school or the start of an exam year. So here are some handy tips to get your kids off to a great start in 2019.

Getting a back to school routine in place

We are all the same, children or adults, when we’re on holiday our daily routines go out the window. After a break students struggle to adjust their sleeping patterns to school mode. Aim to get them in bed 10 minutes earlier and get them up 10 minutes earlier a few days before school starts. This will help their body clocks adjust.

Getting back into a routine can also make children feel more settled and calm any nerves they have about going back to school. Some children, especially if they are starting at a new school may find it useful to go on a dummy school run. If you point out landmarks along the way, talking through the journey it will help them feel comfortable with their surroundings.

Cut them a bit of slack

Facing change of any kind can be very stressful for everybody involved. Try thinking about how you would like to be treated if it were your first day in a new job. Go easy and gentle with them in the run up to the start of school.

Set up a homework station. Sit down with your child and together designate a time and place where he can do his homework each day. This can be somewhere quiet like in the den, or even in the kitchen while you are preparing dinner. Make sure to choose a time where you are available in case your child needs your help.

Prepare for the unexpected. Working parents know that it can be difficult to find a sitter when your child is sick. Before school even begins, it’s a good idea to have a sitter already lined up in case you get that phone call home from the nurse saying your child is ill. It is winter after all.

Make an after-school game plan. Make a plan for where your child will go after school lets out for the day. Depending upon the age of your child, figure out if they will go to a neighbor’s house, an afterschool program, or be allowed to stay home by themselves. This will help eliminate any confusion during the first few weeks.

Turn off the TV and video games. For a lot of children Christmas break is filled with endless video games and TV programs. Children are usually in shock when they begin school and realize that six hours of their day is going to spent learning and not playing games and watching TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electrics and encouraging them to read or play quietly.

Get your child’s yearly checkup. School and germs go hand in hand, so it’s best to get your child’s yearly checkup before school even starts. Get any required vaccinations and ask your pediatrician the best ways your child can stay healthy throughout the school year.

Through preparation and organization, you can ensure that your child will have a smooth transition to the start of the new year.

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