Returning to work after a vacation can be very stressful for adults, so it is little wonder that many children have a difficult time adjusting at the beginning of every school year.
Although the summer is normally an excellent time for students to unwind, it also can result in forgotten information and habits. It can be very tough to remember proper studying techniques and can be even tougher to return to such a structured environment. Luckily, there are several things that a parent can do to help make the transition a little easier.
A child’s schedule is typically much less structured during the summer months and sometimes even includes later bedtimes and no specific wake-up times. As a result, it can be incredibly difficult to suddenly revert back to a rigid and hectic school schedule.
Many parents find it helpful to institute earlier bedtimes and earlier awakening times the last few days before school begins. This simple practice can help eliminate the sheer exhaustion displayed by many students on the first day of school.
The summer months may be a needed break from grueling school work, but they should still include some type of learning opportunities and assignments. Many school systems have incorporated summer reading assignments into their curriculum, and all students should be encouraged to seek some type of educational information whether structured or not. Parents should take advantage of the available possibilities, as continued learning results in less information loss and an easier beginning to the academic year.
Parents should encourage their students to interact with their friends from school during the summer, as this can ease the transition back as well. The social component of education is very important, and activities involving school friends should be encouraged.
It is crucial that a child stay socially active over the summer, which is most commonly done through recreational activities and summer camps. Many programs depend on the age of the student, and most school systems have a plethora of information regarding the possibilities.
Starting a new school year can be very stressful to a child, so anything that can be done to alleviate some of the angst is very important. No matter how old the student is, these simple tips can prove to be very helpful.
There are a number of other considerations that a parent must make, but each individual child is different. Many resources are available to parents that would like some assistance, and most school systems make their counselors available during the summer months as well.