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Back to school: Tips for a smooth transition

It’s that time of the year again – back to school! We understand that transitioning from the laid-back days of summer to the structured school routine can be a bit of a challenge. Fret not! We’ve got your back with practical tips on how to smoothly ease your family back into the school routine.

1. Gradual bedtime adjustments

The lazy days of summer often mean later bedtimes. Start adjusting your child’s bedtime gradually a week before school starts. This way, their bodies have time to acclimate, ensuring they are well-rested for the school day ahead.

2. Morning prep the night before

Streamline your mornings by doing some prep work the night before. Lay out school clothes, pack lunches and check that backpacks are ready to go. This simple step can save valuable time and minimise stress as you head out the door.

3. Create a visual schedule

Help your child visualise the daily routine by creating a colorful and easy-to-follow visual schedule. Include morning routines, school hours, extracurricular activities and bedtime. This not only keeps your child organised but also empowers them with a sense of control over their day.

4. Establish a homework station

Designate a quiet and well-lit space for homework and study sessions. Stock it with necessary supplies like pencils, paper and a comfortable chair. Having a dedicated space for learning helps create a positive association with homework time.

5. Reintroduce reading time

Reignite the love for reading by incorporating a designated reading time into your evening routine. Whether it’s a few chapters of a book or a short story, this quiet activity can help your child wind down and stimulate their imagination.

6. Celebrate achievements

Acknowledge and celebrate your child’s efforts and achievements, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement fosters a sense of accomplishment and motivation to stay engaged in their school routines.

7. Open communication lines

Foster open communication with your child about their feelings and expectations for the upcoming school year. Address any concerns they may have and offer reassurance. Knowing they have your support makes the transition smoother.