2. Encourage kids to read a book in the week or two before school begins. Ease them into quiet time, while giving them a jumpstart on refreshing their reading skills.
3. Get kids accustomed to a calendar schedule, like what they'll use to manage their classes and extracurricular activities - Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they're excited to use, whether it's written or technology-based.
4. Book in all your yearly appointments for the kids such as the doctor check-up, dentist, optometrist, etc...
Note: It makes sense for the kids to have their eyes checked before school starts. Make an appointment for a Behavioural Visual checkup with David or a Visual Training session with Berri in the new few weeks: 02 9436 4395.
6. End the summer on a positive note, allowing kids a specific day with activities they choose (e.g. swimming or a visit to a theme park).
7. Discuss what to expect on the first day with your children. This can help them feel more prepared. Even older kids might feel less anxiety about their first day back at school after discussing it out loud with you.
8. Visit the school with your child before school starts. If possible, allow her to see her new classroom and play in the schoolyard. Familiarity breeds comfort.
10. Involve the kids in making school lunches. Its helpful for you and is an opportunity to teach them about healthy food choices.
11. As a bedtime story, tell the kids about your memories of your own school days.. perhaps you had a funny memory of a teacher or a friend.. perhaps you had a challenging incident and you can ask the kids to come up with creative ways you could have faced it.