Not much yet and school starts again! The official American pediatrician association ( American Academy of Pediatrics ) has made 10 suggestions to start the school year in the best way. Yes, because being well prepared when starting school makes everything easier! Here are the tips of American experts:
TO MAKE SO THAT THE FIRST DAY IS EASIER:
- Parents should remember that there is no need to wait for the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open and available during the summer to address any problems that parents or children might have, including a child’s specific needs. The best time to get help could be one or two weeks before the school opens.
- Indicate to your children the positive aspects of the beginning of the school to create positive anticipations on the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk to them about positive experiences they may have had in the past (or may have) in school or with other groups of children.
- Consider making sure that your children start getting up on time at least a week before school starts so that the time change is not a destabilizing factor in the first two days of school.
- Find another child in the neighborhood with which your child can go to school on foot or by bus.
- Many children get nervous when dealing with new situations, including moving to a new school, a different classroom or another teacher: this can happen at any age. If your child seems nervous, it can be helpful to anticipate entry into the new situation. Take him to visit the new school or class before the first day of school. Remember that there are many uncomfortable students on the first day of school and that the teachers know that the students are nervous and that, therefore, they will make an extra effort to make everyone feel at ease. If the child seems nervous, ask them exactly what they are worried about and help them solve problems and master the new situation.
- If your child is in a new school, participate together in all available orientation meetings. Take the child to school a few days before the start of classes to have him play in the playground and to make him feel comfortable in the new environment.
- If you think it is necessary, take the child to school and go get him on the first day. Try to arrive on time to reduce unnecessary stress.
- Make sure you talk to your child’s new teacher at the beginning or end of the day so the teacher knows how much you want to support your child’s school experience.
AND THE BACKPACK?
- Choose a backpack that has large padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
- Try to arrange the objects in the backpack in such a way as to use all its compartments. Pack the heaviest items and place them closer to the center of the backrest. The backpack should never weigh more than 10-20% of the child’s body weight. Remove unnecessary items every week to keep it light.
- Remind the child to always use both shoulder straps. Putting the backpack on one shoulder only can strain the muscles in the wrong way.
- If the school allows it, consider buying a backpack with wheels. This type of backpack can be a good choice for students who need to carry a heavy load. Remember, however, that wheeled backpacks may also need to be carried upstairs, they can be difficult to carry on snow and may not be suitable for some cabinets.