Going back to school feels like we’re all taking a test without a study guide or an answer key. To help wrap our heads around it, we reached out to experienced elementary-level teachers for some real-world advice.
The “back to school” experience will be different in every region, but there are steps you can take to be proactive and prepared for whatever is coming your way. During this busy time, we’re giving you a head start with tips, tactics and resources to get set for the first day.
Author Robert Fulghum spoke the truth with the phrase, “all I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.” Even so, he probably didn’t know it all on the first day.
Want to ease some of your child’s first-day-of-school butterflies? Cozy up together and read a story that will give them a better understanding of what’s ahead. The books we’re suggesting don’t gloss over the fact that kids may feel apprehensive about starting school – they address it head-on with patience, positivity, and humor.
This year, our minds are not necessarily on our usual back-to-school shopping lists – they are preoccupied with hand sanitizer, masks and the million questions that we have about this school year.
Forgive your children if they aren’t overly pumped about heading back to school. Their free time vanishes, their morning alarm goes off earlier, and the dark cloud known as “homework” rolls back in to their lives. You’re probably feeling a little unsettled yourself, depending on how the return to school is being handled in your region.
Now that your child has settled in to a school routine, it’s a good time to talk about setting goals and working toward them. This is a life skill, as there will always be things your child wants to achieve or areas where she needs to improve.
Does your child have a goal for this school year? It may be to get a higher grade in math, read a popular book series independently, or participate more frequently in class discussions. To help get the ball rolling, we’ve got tips and strategies to guide your child through goal setting.
The start of this school year will be all about facing unfamiliar situations and acclimatizing to new routines. Eventually, though, it will be time to learn again.
Sometimes, kids need a little extra help with their schoolwork, and a basic Google search won’t cover it. For subject-specific online help, check out the cost-effective resources below.
You’ve bought the supplies, filled the backpack, labeled all the things, made the lunch, picked out the outfit, done the hair, and felt the feels. Now, there is one last thing to check off the list before you send them on their way: the first day of school photo.