Transitioning from a carefree and fun school holiday break to a routine-based school year can be a significant adjustment for your son and family. It is important that you get your son excited about going back to school, so that he looks forward to the year ahead with positivity and motivation.
Here are six ways to get your son excited about starting back at school.
1. Ease him back to the school schedule
The most immediate, and probably most challenging aspect of preparing for the new school year is the shift in daily routine. Your son may have spent the break waking up late and sleeping in, and a sudden shift from a relaxed to a stringent schedule can cause anxiety and stress. It is best to help him prepare for school by encouraging him to go to bed and wake up early before the start of the school year.
2. Purchase school items
An exciting part of welcoming the new school year could be shopping for new school supplies. Shop for supplies together and spend time together labelling and customising your son’s lunch box, books and stationery.
3. Keep him connected with his class mates
Encourage your son to spend time with his friends over the school holidays. This will help him to continue building relationships and also encourage him to spend time with boys who share similar interests. The start of the new school year will be much more fun and comfortable for him if he has friends to play and study with.
4. Encourage him to participate in co-curricular activities
Speak to your son about co-curricular activities he might want to do. Find activities that are aligned with his interests and help him become more involved in school life. Speak to him about the exciting activities these new commitments might bring and explain what he has to look forward to in the coming year.
5. Set up a study area
As a holiday project, find a space in your home that would be suitable for your son’s study area. Create a special place that will motivate him to learn and fill this space with stationery, spare paper, motivational quotes, and anything else that will help to make studying easier for him.
6. Celebrate the first day of school
Celebrate the first day of school with a hearty breakfast or balloons. After school, you could go out for afternoon tea together or have a special family dinner at home where you can exchange stories from the day and hear about his new classes and year group.
Above all else, try to focus on the positive and exciting things about going back to school. Enthusiasm is contagious and your son will likely be far less anxious about returning to school if you’re enthusiastic about what the year ahead holds for him.
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