Returning to school can sometimes be a challenge for children. When children lose the opportunity to play with others, keep routines, and change sleep habits, skills like cooperation and self-control can begin to disappear.
In the next few weeks, begin to make sure your child has opportunities to rebuild and practice these important skills. Allow for time for your child to interact with, and consider the feelings of, others. Talk about the importance of following directions, sharing, and being safe. Asking your child open ended questions about how they would feel or how they might behave in certain situations allows for discussion and role-playing.
Other ways adults can help children prepare to return to school:
- Celebrate following and consequences for breaking rules.
- Return to routines for mealtime and bedtime.
- Discourage hitting, biting, screaming and other unsafe behaviors.
- Practice two- and three-step directions. For example: “Put on your shoes, brush your teeth and then sit at the table.” Encourage them to finish all three and celebrate!
Adults, explore other behaviors and solutions while encouraging empathy. Remember, it is not easy - even for grown ups. The more consistent you can be will not only help you at home, it will ensure your child has a GREAT start to the school year!
Preparing for your child’s return to Hazel Grove just got a little easier… and cheaper! KCKPS will be providing all students with basic school supplies. Our students will receive their pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, crayons, scissors, and index cards on the first day of school.
Hazel Grove will also provide earbuds and pencil boxes!
What does that leave you to purchase?
A backpack and maybe a Sonic gift card for your favorite staff members!
Reach out to our office with any questions.