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The big return to school is quickly approaching, and this is going to be an entirely different one from the one your kids have known so far. So, it is essential to help them settle in and make the most of the school environment – especially after school closures have affected the mental health and learning abilities of kids around the world.
Whether your little ones have already experienced school or this is their first time in the classroom, there are several ways in which you can make the transition between homeschooling and the vibrant school environment more fun and engaging. The tips below are a great starting point, but don’t forget that each kid is unique – let them tell you what would make a return to school more exciting!
Set Up a Routine From Day One
This might seem counteractive, but after the summer break and the months spent at home, it can be difficult for them to find a balanced routine. And this, in turn, can cause additional stress and anxiety. Just as routines and schedules are important for adults, they are also beneficial for kids. However, you should not overschedule or impose certain activities on them. Instead, let them understand when it is time to do their homework and when it is time to play.
Involve Them in Preparing Their Lunch
Preparing the school lunch is something that every parent has to address at least once. Of course, the amount and type of food your little one receives can make a difference in how they will live their experience at school. However, preparing their lunch together can be a nice family bonding activity, and can also give them something to look forward to when at school.
Give Space to Their Creativity
There are many ways in which you can sparkle your kids’ creativity, including practicing sports, traveling together as a family, and playing an instrument. However, school is the place where your little ones will learn how to enhance their skills and channel their creativity to create valuable outcomes. S, it is important that you let them explore different activities and communities so that your little ones can learn important life skills and meet a variety of people.
Encourage Them To Pick After-School Activities
Learning does not end with the last bell, and so you should not underestimate the importance of having your little ones involved with fun or educational after-school activities. For these, there are plenty of options, including swimming, dancing, playing football or basketball, and taking part in community initiatives. Just find out what they would like to do and encourage them!
Make Sure They Have Games To Play With Friends
Making friends is extremely easy for kids, and yet they might suffer unnecessary social pressure. If you are afraid that your little one might have been lonely during the pandemic, there are many ways in which you can encourage them to build friendships with their peers and enjoy the time in school. For example, you can give your little ones some games to play with their friends, such as puzzles, coloring art, or Spongebob F.U.N. Friends collectible figures.