The period of return to school is always adaptation. The more the family prepares for this moment, the easier it will be to deal with the changes that the school routine provides. There are countless ways to prepare for this new phase, such as creating a routine at home and much more.
Classes are about to start and you haven’t started adapting to the new routine yet? Then follow this post until the end and see 7 tips to have a routine back to class more relaxed.
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1. Create a sleep routine
Children who study in the morning shift are the ones who most feel the change in their sleep routine. In all cases, it is necessary to establish a time to sleep and wake up every day. This should be implemented even before the first week of school, so that the child will not be tired for classes. Moreover, this adaptation allows the child not to suffer so much when classes start, since it will be one less thing for him to adapt.
And to succeed in this task, start by setting sleeping schedules. In the holidays, the children sleep later and wake up later. Adapting the children in the last weeks of vacation may not be so easy, but it will be of great help when school starts. So set up a schedule for the children to sleep, give the last meals before the sleeping time and create an evening routine.
When the day clears, wake the children up early each day. This way they will gradually adapt and not suffer so much from the new routine.
2. Prepare the backpack for the return to school
There’s nothing better than preparing your own backpack, that’s a task children love. In addition to leaving everything organized and ready for the return to school, the backpack organization provides psychological preparation for the children in relation to the routine of studies. It’s a way for them to understand that classes are about to start.
Do this in advance, preferably 3 or 2 days before the school routine begins. If possible, make a checklist with all the items that need to go in the backpack, such as crayons, erasers, scissors, glue, pointer, among other items.
3. Prepare the school uniform
Weeks before returning to school routine, parents should assess whether they will need to buy a new school uniform or whether they can reuse the old one. In some cases, it is possible to reuse pieces from last year that still fit. Remember that this preparation should be done in advance.
Already close to the routine back in class, you have to wash the uniform, iron it and leave it ready to use. Do this a few days before the new school routine, so that everything is ready when it arrives.
4. Create a menu for the lunch box
The most advisable way to maintain a healthy diet without taking too much of your time is to prepare in advance. In the case of the children’s lunchbox, you can and should create a small menu with the items that will be consumed during the week. This way, you can buy everything you will need to make the meals and even prepare some things first.
Fruits and vegetables can be washed and prepared at the beginning of the return to school. Some snacks can also be made and stored in the refrigerator. The ideal in this case is to vary the menu a lot and keep the practicality for the day to day.
5. Prepare the study corner for the return to class
During the holidays the study corner gets pretty messy. After all, this is a time when children need to disconnect from school. But when the holidays are coming to an end, it is necessary to organize this little corner so that the child has a quiet and organized place to study.
To make this organization, start by separating things that children no longer use, which can be reused (school materials in good condition, for example), clean the study table and the surrounding objects, and finally decorate!
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6. Schedule your agenda
Some schools report the entire school calendar in the first few days of class. If this is the case at your child’s school, take the opportunity to include the entire schedule in your personal diary. This will make it easier to remember all the school events and activities that will take place throughout the year.
Celebrations, activities, meetings and other events should be correctly marked on your agenda so that there is no confusion. In some cases it is interesting to put an alert up to 1 day in advance, as is the case with school meetings.
7. Talk to the children about going back to school
Adaptation to the school routine should also occur in the emotional and psychological of children. Children will not always show the same interest for the return to school, so it is important to talk, talk, understand and respond.
Sometimes observing the child’s attitudes also contributes to a better anamnesis of the situation. Understand whether the child is anxious, sad, cheerful, enthusiastic or worried about returning to school.
Regardless of the emotion presented by the child, talk about the changes that will occur, explain the importance of studies, show how many things the child will learn during the school year, remember the friends who also returned to school, among other subjects.
Ideally, you should involve your children as much as possible in this planning back to school. For the elders, it is important to let them feel free to choose certain things, but all with their supervision and final decision.
This is the ideal time to make plans for the school year, such as sports, extracurricular activities, courses, among other activities that can be carried out at school or that are related to learning. Also take advantage of this moment to spend time with your children, because the conversation is a great way for the family to interact.
Are you getting ready for your back to school routine yet? Tell us in the comments which of the previous tips you have already put into practice.