Welcome back to another wonderful school year at Neshaminy Montessori and Trevose Day School! We are thrilled to kick off a new season of discovery and fun!
Our staff has planned amazing lessons and activities for the months to come. However, despite all the excitement that awaits, we know that it isn’t always easy for children to transition from the lazy days of summer into the hustle and bustle of school life.
Whether it’s adjusting to new schedules, adapting to classroom structure, getting reacquainted with classmates, or hitting the good ol’ books, the shift in seasons and lifestyles offers no shortage of new experiences and potential challenges for children and their families.
To help ease your family back into school rhythms, we’ve collected a few tips that we hope will help you along! If you have any additional advice or insights, feel free to leave them in the comments below!
Establish healthy sleeping habits.
Create -- and stick to — a regular sleep schedule. This will prepare children for the morning and have them alert and engaged throughout the school day. If children are reluctant to let go of their summer sleeping patterns, encourage the change in behavior by praising them for their responsible and grown up decision to nurture their bodies for their school adventures.
Get organized each night.
A little planning can go a long way. Selecting outfits, packing lunches/snacks, and tucking notebooks and assignments in backpacks each night will pave the way for a smooth morning exit for both you and your child. This practice can also strengthen and reinforce organizational skills that will help your child over the course of his or her lifetime.
Learn with your child.
Expressing interest in your child’s studies and confidence in his or her abilities helps instill a sense of accomplishment and pride in a young learner. By sharing daily challenges, accomplishments, and the fun facts that have sent their imaginations soaring, children invite you not just into their classrooms, but into their curious spirits and hearts. Ask questions and explore topics of interest with your child to help foster a love a learning and to strengthen your bond.
Visit your doctors.
Your child’s physical and mental well being is a top priority. Schedule annual physicals, dentist appointments and eye exams early in the school year to identify any areas that may require attention. If you have concerns about your child’s emotional state, your pediatrician or other qualified professionals will be able to guide you on the proper course of action and support.
Ease the jitters.
If your child is nervous or anxious about school, be calm, collected and let him or her know you care. Though you may feel concern about the feelings your child is expressing, project strength and optimism (vs. your own fears or worries) when you talk together. Let your child know it’s perfectly natural to feel jitters in any new situation but that those feelings will fade as peers and schedules become more familiar. If their feeling stem from a previous or ongoing issue, consider sharing that experience with our staff members so we can assist in any way we can.