As the start of the school year approaches, it’s important for families to prepare themselves and their children for transitioning away from their summer routines and into a “new normal.” This year, it’s best to prepare for two possibilities: in-person learning or remote learning.
Tips for Parents About Transitioning Back to In-Person Learning
- Have a routine. Set up a bedtime and morning routine 1–2 weeks prior to school starting.
- Plan ahead. Make your lunch and pick out your clothes the night before to save time in the morning.
- Eat a well-balanced breakfast. You’ve always heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Fuel your morning with foods that are high in protein.
- Get excited! Practice positive thinking and gratitude about heading back to school. There’s a lot to be excited about—meeting new friends, seeing your teachers, and learning!
- Be mindful of anxiety and nerves. Listen to your child's thoughts and feelings about heading back to school (wearing a mask, washing hands, happily greeting teachers, and making new friends.)
- Prepare your child for new protocols. Discuss new guidelines and protocols that will be implemented at school and start practicing at home (washing hands, staying 6ft apart, wearing a mask.)
- Read some back to school books:
- Back to School Mac by Kym DeLorenzo
- Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Tips for Parents About Transitioning Back to Remote Learning
- Familiarize yourself. Get acquainted with on-line platforms and log-in information.
- Set up a workspace. Have a remote learning space at home for each child with school supplies.
- Prepare school supplies. Assemble a bin of notebooks, loose paper, pencils, pens, a highlighter, ruler, markers, mini whiteboard, and books.
- Design or print schedules. Having visual aids for schedules can be a helpful tool for students to stay on track.
- Establish routines. Keep bedtime and morning routines the same as if your child was going into campus.
- Review online etiquette. Set aside time to review online behavior and expectations.
- Model self-care. Take time to relax and reflect; be an example for your child.
- Have your child practice self-care. Implement time to relax, exercise, and laugh each day.
- Create a goal chart. For younger children, choose a behavior or create a goal chart. Help them work toward their goals—have fun with the title and decorate it together!