Excitement and dread are common feelings for both children and parents when back-to-school season arrives. No matter how much they look forward to seeing friends and wearing a new school wardrobe, children are often afraid of the changes a new school year brings. Fortunately, parents can do a lot to ease the transition from summer to school.
Establish a routine. While summer is in full swing, use the month of August to get back into a routine closely aligned with the fall schedule. Help children establish a specific homework time for when school is in session and then, begin getting them used to doing something quiet and studious during that time, like writing in a journal or reading a book. If bedtime has slipped later and later during the summer, start putting your children to bed earlier each night until you reach the desired bedtime.
Designate a study area at home. Freshen up your children’s study area, or, if they don’t already have one, establish a location in your home where they will study and do homework. Choose a location where you can keep an eye on them, but still minimize distractions like TV, phones and electronics. To help build their excitement about going back to school, let children help in prepping their study area. Stock it with comfortable chairs, a sturdy and roomy work surface and essential supplies like pencils, pens, erasers and extra paper.
Consider supplemental education. Incorporating an enrichment activity like Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, is a great way to supplement your children’s education. A program like Kumon can help children build a solid foundation in math and reading, while gaining the confidence to succeed in school. Fitting Kumon into your children’s daily routine is a small investment of time that reaps long-lasting benefits.
You are the best teacher. Parents who play an active role in their children’s education make a huge difference in their success. As the new school year comes into focus, your children may have some concerns and uncertainties. From new teachers to new classmates, new schools to new schedules, the anticipation of the new school year can cloud the excitement of the awaiting opportunities. Help your children adjust by letting them know they aren’t going at it alone. Use the weeks leading up to the first day of school to help your children set goals. Setting goals early will put them on the right path to achieving them. Establish weekly meetings to review their schedules, assignments and activities for the week ahead. Putting these practices in place now will help ease any back-to-school jitters your children may have.
Kumon of Brookfield is offering a $30 back-to-school gift card to newly enrolled families during the month of September. Class hours are Sundays from 11:00am to 1:00pm and Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. To schedule a free placement test, call (203) 775-9333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit kumon.com/BROOKFIELD-CT.
Jyoti Kelkar is a Certified Kumon Instructor in Brookfield, CT since 2006. Kumon of Brookfield is located at 640 Federal Road, Brookfield CT. If you have any questions related to the Kumon program, or would like to enroll your child into the program, you can contact her at email@example.com.