Back to School Parent Tips

By: Symone Grady

Well the summer vacation is practically over and it is time for our little ones to head back to school. For some students this is an exciting time, but for others is can be cause anxiety. Make this transition into the school year a breeze with these teacher-approved tips from PBS Parents!


1.Tour the school.

If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. If your child becomes familar with the environment before the big day, it will ease the anxiety and stress on the first day. 

2. Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try finding the teacher’s picture on a school website, so your child can put a name with a face. 

3. Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. This can also be done at open house, by viewing the class roster. 

4. Gear up.
Be sure to get a copy of the class supply list and make a special shopping trip with your child. Having the necessary tools will help them feel prepared and more confident. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — graphic calucators or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.

5. Avoid last-minute drilling.

While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

7. Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much

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