Although the summer holidays are a fantastic time for children to rest, recover and enjoy a break from school, it can be a challenge getting back into a school routine. To aid the transition back to school, we’ve uncovered five tips to prepare for the new school year:
Developing healthy and consistent routines can make a significant difference to your family. Routines help to keep your life organised and provide your children with a structure to develop independence, learn how to set priorities and meet deadlines, and develop healthy habits of self-care. We’ve put together five helpful tips on how to establish a good school routine.
Ensuring your child reaches their potential is undoubtedly a priority for any parent. We want them to have the best life possible and for them to realise their God-given talents and gifts. It is an immense responsibility to teach children to give their best and inspire them to live up to their potential.
Whilst serving as a rest for students, school holidays can often have the opposite effect on parents by putting them under stress to find fun things to do to occupy their children. The cost of keeping kids entertained is also rising, with the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ taking increasingly bigger hits during school breaks.
The transition from school into the next stage of life represents a significant change. Leaving the school environment – a place of safety, routine and security – and entering into a new territory of responsibility and independence is exciting, but it can also be a daunting experience.
By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean, Trinity Grammar School
It has become common place to talk about the importance of engaging young people in learning, but it is perhaps equally as common to find very different ideas about what student engagement actually means, and who is responsible for it.
The love for our children is one of the most deeply felt emotions we ever experience. Although a powerful force, it can be difficult at times to express this love and affection, and more commonly, find time to connect with our children. Time when we can relax, play and bond with our son can be in short supply in our busy lives, but it is at the heart of developing a special relationship with your child.
A healthy dose of confidence is vital to a child’s social and emotional development. A positive sense of self-worth is also critical to learning and academic success.
Confident people are usually authentic and express themselves and their opinions freely when the situation warrants it. Confidence generally leads to a happy and fulfilling life which is what we ultimately seek for our children. A lack of confidence can be symptomatic of anxiety and depression and so needs to be managed carefully.
For the most part, parents will instinctively know when their child is too sick for school. But there are always grey areas and scenarios which may cause you to question your judgement.
In the first instance, parents need to consider if their child could be contagious. You will also need to ensure he is well enough to participate in a full day of school activities and that a teacher will be able to provide the care he requires without impacting the rest of the class. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to tell if your child is too sick for school.
The school morning can be a chaotic mix of lost uniforms, unmade beds, unmotivated children and stressed and cranky parents. It needn’t be this way. With just a little bit of planning, motivation and routine you and your kids can be out the door in record time with minimal fuss.
Here are seven ways to make the school morning easier for everyone: