During the summer break all of the work that you have put into term-time routine seems to go out of the window. Sensible sleep patterns can be the hardest to reinforce so it is good to start setting the alarm the week, before school starts, so that children can get used to the routine of getting up early.
Make it Fun
No doubt you have been swarmed with ‘back to school’ offers for clothes and stationery. Make the back to school shopping experience fun by letting them pick out their new pencil cases and stationary so that they can look forward to showing off to their friends when the new term begins.
Get them Excited!
Ask them lots of questions about their new class – who will be their new teacher and what they are most looking forward to getting back into in the new academic year, for example, math, art or Reading. Showing interest in all the exciting things the new term will bring will make children feel more grown-up.
Talk it Through
If your child is suffering with start of term jitters, remind them that not only is it perfectly normal but that all their friends and even their new teacher are likely to feel the same! Organize play dates with your child’s friends shortly before term starts so that they won’t feel nervous about going back to school as much.
Drop in to Explore Horizons
If you’re a member of Explore Horizons you can pop in at a time that suits your family, for your child to practice their math, reading and writing skills. Practicing these skills throughout the summer and during the school term will help boost their confidence and academic progress. Many children struggle with the first couple of months back in the class room because they are out of the habit of learning. At Explore Horizons, we can help your child to accelerate your child's progress, get back into the 'learning zone' and have fun doing it!
If you’re not yet a member at Explore Horizons, you can find out how to join or come in for a free session by visiting www.explore-horizons.com