Tips for Parents & Students to Make Going Back-To-School Less Stressful
Making the transition from summer back to school can bring many challenges for children and parents. It can be difficult to go from a relatively relaxed summer schedule to the regimented routine of the school year, especially since it happens pretty much overnight. This is something many families around the Upper Cumberland are facing right now, as students from much of our viewing area have gone back to school, or will soon.
On this week's Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman discusses these and other topics with Putnam County Schools System's Beth Anderson, who is an educator at Algood Elementary School.
Mayber your child is a reluctant reader. Or perhaps that back to school routine seems way too hard to manage. What do you do when the new school year brings tears and fears to your house?
Here are some common stressors most parents and kids face and ways to make them a little easier to manage.
Getting to Know the New Teacher-
Parents and kids alike can worry over meeting the new teacher. Will you like him/her? Will he/she be able to meet your child's educational needs while also meshing well with his/her personality?
More often than not, it’s simply fear of the unknown. Make it easier by contacting and getting to know the new teacher as soon as possible. If the school holds an Open House event, or the teacher makes him/herself available for a meeting, take advantage of the opportunity.
What if you had your heart set on a particular teacher and your child is placed in a different class? There's always a possibility of this, but try to make the best of the situation. If possible, ask to meet with a school administrator who can better explain things.
Remember that often a teacher who doesn't seem like a best fit from a parent's perspective can end up being great for the child. And always try to keep open communication so that if an issue does come up, you and your child's teacher can talk about it from the onset.
Children often have a lot of anxiety about their new curriculum and what the school year holds academically. They worry they won’t be able to do the wok and keep up with their peers.
Find out if your child's teacher provides a syllabus, and if so, spend some time talking about it with your child. Explain to your child what they will be learning in their new grade and assure them they can handle it.
You may even want to do some sample work to prove to your child they can do it and give their confidence a boost.
You can also reduce stress for yourself and your kids by reconnecting with their classmates and their parents. If your child knows he or she is going back to class with some familiar faces, chances are he/she will feel less anxious and less alone during a difficult time.
It’s also a good idea for parents to get to know each other to provide a support network. You never know when you may need to know something about homework, need to set up a ride to school, or just someone to talk to about the school year.
Want more inspiration for tackling back to school issues? Check out some of these great books about starting school with your child!