The last school year was chaotic for many students and teachers. Traditional school structure was shaken to its core and remote learning became the new norm. But not everyone was prepared to teach and study remotely. Both students and teachers had to learn to use technology for educational purposes and adjust to a different learning environment as classrooms were out of order.
Now, the new school year promises to bring both remote and traditional learning opportunities for students. After a tough 2020-2021 in terms of remote teaching and learning, things are looking up in the new school year as more and more education institutions are training teachers and tutors to facilitate distance learning. And while teachers are getting ready, students have to prepare for the new school year, too. So, here are five tips to help you get your child ready for a new learning routine.
1. Address anxiety
Almost all kids feel nervous when they think about the first days of school. And anxiety can significantly build up over summer or the holidays, so it’s important to watch out for symptoms of anxiety and address them. It’s also important to distinguish nervousness from anxiety. For example, children can feel nervous about the first day of school or a new learning routine, while others may feel anxious about returning to school or resuming study for a specific subject such as math.
The best way to alleviate anxiety is to have an open conversation with your child about the new school year. Ask them how they feel about returning to school and have a positive attitude to encourage their excitement toward fresh learning opportunities. And make sure you keep an eye out for signs of math anxiety so you can address the issue before it affects your child’s academic achievements.
2. Shop for school supplies
Compile a back-to-school shopping list with your child and then go to the store together. Most kids enjoy buying new school supplies as it makes them feel empowered and confident. For example, if they don’t have a pen in class, they might become anxious and disturb their peers seeking an instrument to write with. But if they have everything at hand, they will feel more confident and comfortable working on their assignments.
If you buy your child the school supplies they want, they will not only have the necessary tools to perform school tasks, but you will also show them that education is worth investing in. Also, working with new notebooks and coloring pencils is exciting. It makes the learning experience much more enjoyable.
3. Set up a sleep schedule
When school’s out of session, kids’ sleeping schedule tends to get a bit crazy. Especially in summer when days are longer and there’s more time to have fun. Transitioning from long and lazy summer days to a new learning routine in autumn can be a bit daunting for both parents and students.
To make the transition seamless and have a successful start in the new school year, it’s important to adjust sleeping schedules at least a few days before the first day of school. So, make sure your child gets 8-10 hours of sleep every night for good health, mental clarity, and the ability to get to school on time.
4. Establish new goals
Every new school year comes with academic challenges as well as opportunities. Help your child understand that a new school year is not simply about going back to the classroom, doing homework, and taking tests. The new school year is about setting new goals and achieving them. It’s also about becoming better at math or English than the previous year.
Before the first day of school, sit down with your child and make a list of goals and priorities for the new year. By focusing on new objectives, your child is likelier to work harder and attend school with a clearer purpose in mind.
5. Recap guidelines
Going back to school means going back to certain behaviors that are appropriate for the classroom. Before school starts, go over school guidelines with your child and remind them to wait for their turn to speak in class, work quietly when it’s study time, and take notes to keep track of their lessons.
Depending on your child’s age and grade, these behaviors might already be ingrained in them. However, it’s always a good idea to recap and even practice school behaviors to ensure a healthy transition to the new learning routine.
Ready for school?
Hopefully, these five tips will help you get your child ready for a new school year. A few days before the first day of school, sit down with your child and establish new objectives, set up a healthy sleeping schedule, recap guidelines, and make sure your child has all the supplies required for school assignments.
More importantly, have a positive attitude when talking about the new school year because your child will pick up on your confidence and excitement. And if you are worried about your kid resuming math classes, feel free to reach out to us. We provide diverse math tutoring programs to help your child navigate any challenges and achieve better academic results in the new school year.