In some ways, “back to school 2021” was a familiar process of school supply shopping, lunch packing, and big smiles in first day photos. It all felt so “normal” after the last 18 months of upheaval.
However, for many children, going back to school feels like a huge step into unknown territory. Some children have spent the entire last school year learning from home, while some were hybrid, and some were back to school full-time. With all public school students back to school five days a week, it may all feel very new!
Back to school season may include a melting pot of emotions related to starting a new school, stepping foot in a building for the first time in 18 months, plus the sensory overload of classroom noise and a longer school day due to transportation time. Whew! It is a little tiring for even an adult to think about!
Here are four tips to help you and your kids get your school year started off right.
Acknowledge the Anxiety
As a parent or caregiver, we often feel the need to talk our kids out of feeling worried or anxious. Psychology Today encourages us to “communicate that you understand what they are feeling and express your confidence that they will find their way through it.”
Routines. Talk with your kid about their daily and weekly schedule to set guidelines for how the school week should work, so everyone is on the same page. What is bedtime? What is homework and study time each day? Is screen time permitted during the school week? What about heavy sports/activity days? Have a discussion with your kid now that we are a few days into school and come up with a family plan you can stick to.
We know this is important every year, but especially in transition years. This is pretty much a transition year for everyone due the various school formats last year! Be sure you know how the teacher(s) will be communicating with you and respond quickly to requests. This keeps the lines of communication open, and keeps you in the loop from the very beginning! Share with your kid’s teacher if your child is struggling with the transition, and needs extra support.
Talk with your kid about their daily and weekly schedule to set guidelines for how the school week should work, so everyone is on the same page. What is bedtime? What is homework and study time each day? Is screen time permitted during the school week? What about heavy sports/activity days? Have a discussion with your kid now that we are a few days into school and come up with a family plan you can stick to.
Consider Tutoring If Your Child Needs Help
Some kids thrived in a virtual learning environment, while others struggled. This year, with in-person learning five days a week in Virginia, kids may have a hard time keeping up and bridging learning gaps to reach grade level proficiency. Getting your child the help they need right from the start, can help them make the most of this transition year.
Tutor A Team offers tutoring in all subject areas for kids grades K-12 in Hampton Roads. Whether your child just needs a little extra help in one subject, or struggles across the board, our highly trained tutors can provide the support your child needs. We work with you, your child’s teacher, and your child to build a team to help your child find success. Contact us today to get started.