The summer is winding down and from Newport Beach and Garden Grove to Anaheim, Fullerton, La Habra, La Mirada, Buena Park and all points in between, the groans of children can be heard reverberating throughout Orange County.
For parents and kids, setting summer fun aside and getting ready once again to hit the books can cause a lot of stress. But preparing for the first day of fall semester doesn’t always have to be doom and gloom. It can be something the family looks forward to; a new educational adventure filled with possibilities.
Here at Simpson Buick GMC, your hometown Buick GMC dealership in Buena Park, California serving L.A. and Orange counties, we’re all about family. So we would like to help get the new school year off to a good start with some handy tips, suggestions, and ideas for back to school.
Anxiety and nervousness are to be expected; especially if your child is new to the school. It’s important for parents to be supportive, but also for kids to give themselves space to get adjusted. Most problems adjusting to school are only temporary. Encourage children to make new friends; even if it’s only one. Having a buddy or reconnecting with an old friend to help navigate the new school environment can help make the transition easier.
Each teacher has their style of teaching. Some may jump right into the lesson plan while others may ease their class into the new academic year. The school may kick things off with an assembly or another school-wide activity. There are so many things to experience the first day, so let your child know that it will take time to adjust to new teachers and expectations.
It’s important to feel good about how you look; especially on the first day when everyone is sizing each other up. Whether it is a new outfit or something familiar, the important thing is for your child to feel comfortable about what they are wearing. If they are wearing new shoes, have them break them in a few days beforehand.
Get your ducks in a row before the dawn of a new school day by having your child’s backpack ready to go with necessary school supplies. Have all the appropriate forms, like health and contact information, prepared beforehand. Lay out the first few days of school clothes in advance.
It’s a smart idea for parents to give their children at least a week before school starts to adapt to a new schedule. Begin by adjusting bedtimes and wake times to the new school schedule. Have breakfast ready on the new schedule and prepare lunches the night before.
Put up a calendar in the kitchen or another area where everyone gathers and list important dates and times for school, after-school activities, and other key information.
Many schools have an open house sometime before the start of the new school year. It’s a great time to meet your child’s new teachers and orient them to the campus. Show them where to locate the cafeteria, administrative offices, gym, and their locker.
Obtain a copy of the weekly lunch menu and encourage your child to make healthy eating choices, like salads, low-fat proteins, and avoiding sugary drinks. Pack healthy snacks your child can eat during recess or breaks.
The first week or two of school generates a lot of new information. It’s important to establish good study and work habits right off the bat. Create a quiet place in the home that’s free of distractions for doing homework. Encourage your child to plan ahead, listen attentively, and take notes. Familiarize yourself with your child’s assignments and schoolbooks.
The start of the school year is a great time for your child to explore new horizons. Encourage them to join a club or sport and to participate in school activities. School is a lot of work, but it also should be fun.
These are just a few of the many things kids and parents can do to get ready for the new school year. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that school should be an enjoyable experience. Keep a positive attitude and let your child know that you’ve been through it too and that you are always there for them.
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