Parents and children know well the amount of effort it takes to get off to school each year. Back to school activities begin to enter their thoughts a few weeks before classes start. For parents of young children the back to school activities may mean more than buying supplies and replacing our grown clothing. Some children are not happy about going to school and will need subtle support before the big day. They can start to plant back to school ideas in the minds of their children with positive stories of the fun things the children will do. Preparing children emotionally for school will start them off well on the many years of education they will face.
Helping a child prepare emotionally for school should include letting them participate in the back to school activities in the house. Let them help with the list of supplies they may need and choose the things they have a selection in. Explain to them what everything is for and how they will use it. It is their back to school activities after all and should not be a surprise for them if you want them to react well when you drop them off at the school room door. They will need the time spent preparing to adjust and gather the confidence to face their new challenges.
Back to school activities and preparation can be a time of learning for the child. It can be a time when they are guided along in their life gently and encouraged to strive and enjoy the years ahead. Positive attitudes void of fear should be part of the thought and preparation for a child and his school days.