Back to school season can be both exciting and overwhelming for your child. Here are some ideas on how you can make their transition back to school a little more smooth:
Prime your child in advance – Incorporate the daily use of a calendar. Put one up in their room and talk about it every day. Not only will this help prepare your child by giving them an expectation of what’s to come, but it will also help them understand temporal (time) concepts. You can use and help teach the following vocabulary: today, yesterday, tomorrow, next week, etc. This is also a great opportunity to incorporate different tense (past, present, future).
Let your child help shop for school supplies. Everything seems a little bit more manageable for a child when they feel like they are part of the decision-making process. Let them pick out pencils they like or a fun folder to help get them excited about going back to school.
Practice packing their backpack. This is a great way to incorporate back to school vocabulary and following directions. Lay out their school supplies and have them follow directions to pack their backpack. Then let them practice carrying it around the house
Start the back to school routine early. One of the great things about summer is that every day can look a little different. Your child may be in a camp for one week, traveling, or at the pool. A great way to help prepare your child for going back to school is to start your back to school routine in advance. Start waking your kids up when they will have to get up for school and help them through their morning routine: breakfast, getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc. Make bedtime match their school bedtime as well and again, you can practice night time routine. If your child is one who benefits from a visual schedule, incorporate one for morning and night routines. Pinterest has a handful of great examples for visuals schedules or you can ask you speech therapist to help create one that’s specific for your child.
Your child will operate best if they have a realistic expectation of what’s to come and hopefully by incorporating these tips into your schedule before school starts that will help.