Parents Can Help Kids Get Ready For School

Posted: August 24, 2015

It’s time for the start of school. While it’s exciting for most children, some may be anxious about it especially if it’s a new experience for them.
  • But there are some things parents can do to help their child be ready for school and make a smooth transition. Below are some tips from Michigan State University Extension.
  • Visit school before classes start. Take your child to see where his classroom will be, where he’ll eat lunch, and others areas such as the library and playground.
  • Plan to meet your child’s teacher. Call to make an appointment or drop the teacher an e-mail to introduce yourself. Talk with the teacher about any concerns you may have or any special needs, allergies, or other issues of which the teacher needs to be aware.
  • Begin getting your child into his school routine. New sleep habits do not happen overnight so time is needed to make that transition. Move up his bedtime 10 to 20 minutes a day until your child is in his normal school day bed and wake up time. Also, reduce the number of naps taken during the day to ensure kids are tired and sleep through the night. It’s recommended that elementary school-aged children get 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night.
  • Practice the school routine a few days before school starts. Have your child get up and dressed as if he was headed to school. Look for any glitches in the routine and adjust to make the morning rush go more smoothly.
  • Turn off the TV. Encourage your child to play quiet games, do puzzles, flash cards, color, or read as early morning activities instead of watching television. This will help ease your child into the learning process and school routine.
  • Create an environment that is conducive to learning at home: Establish a study area and limit diversions – radio, television, telephone calls and music – during study hours.
  • Be sure to send your child off to school after having a healthy breakfast. A nutritious breakfast should be high in fiber, carbohydrates, vitamin C and calcium. Breakfast gives children more energy throughout the day and helps them concentrate.
  • Parents can help kids make that transition from vacation to school go smoothly by planning ahead, establishing school routines early, and setting aside time to help children adjust.

Contact Information

Karen Thomas
  • Extension Educator, Food, Families & Health
Phone: 570-963-6842