With the autumn term approaching, we understand how stressful the post-summer transition back to school can be. Especially this year with the added pressures of the ‘new normal’, it will be a little different this time around and could be a difficult adjustment for both parents and children. So with this in mind, we...
With the autumn term approaching, we understand how stressful the post-summer transition back to school can be. Especially this year with the added pressures of the ‘new normal’, it will be a little different this time around and could be a difficult adjustment for both parents and children. So with this in mind, we want to share a few tips that we hope will help you best tackle the new challenges we will be facing this term.
You may have heard the phrase “children are like sponges” which alludes to the idea that young children absorb everything that is happening around them. This includes any stress or negative energy which parents might have that children could pick up on; and as a result mimic this behaviour. Therefore it is important that parents model a confident and calm attitude throughout this time to reassure their children who will probably already be apprehensive about starting the new school year.
Re-Introduce a Routine
After the extra-long summer period this year and being out of their routines for so long, children may find it difficult to adjust back to a structured school schedule. It has been recommended that parents introduce a routine, similar to that of a school day, back into their children’s lives about 2 weeks before the start of term. This will allow for a slow transition back into their routine and ensure they are prepared for their first day back.
Start a Conversation
Our children will undoubtably face new experiences and challenges at school this year, and they may have a lot of questions or reservations about the new rules and procedures. It will be important to establish open communication and reassure them during this vulnerable time. We suggest keeping an eye out for any changes in their behaviour and encouraging them to share their thoughts and feelings about school to help support their mental health.
Prep & Plan
The start of a new term can be hectic – getting back into the swing of early mornings and getting everyone ready for school or work on time can be challenging. Preparing in advance is key to tackling the morning rush, and we think creating a family calendar is the perfect way to keep track of the commitments, homework or activities your family will have each week. Everyone can plan and prepare for each day accordingly to ensure a synchronised schedule.
For our children to feel a sense of normality upon their return to school this year, they should be encouraged to continue exploring their interests by participating in their favourite clubs and hobbies. Extra-curricular activities such as sports and drama are extremely beneficial for young people, and with the correct precautions in place, they can still be safe for our children to enjoy. At BBY, we are implementing some new health and safety measures for the relaunch of our schools to ensure the safe return of our students: Limited number of students per class. · One-way drop-off and pick-up system. · Multiple cleaning stations on-site. · Classroom cleaning between groups. To learn more about the positive impact of drama activities on children’s mental health, take a look at our previous blogpost. Or to get more information about the activities we offer, click here.
by Ronni Platt