Essential Things to Remember for Back to School in 2021

Essential Things to Remember for Back to School in 2021

August 21, 2021   /     Banyan Tree Kidz ~   /    0 comments

The new school year is upon us, and with the pandemic still looming over us, it’s time to start making preparations to go back to school. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. The pandemic has altered everything that we called normal once upon a time and it is therefore essential to accustom young kids to these changes.

Here are some of the essential things to remember while getting kids back to school:

1. Create a routine: Routines help kids expect the expected and helps them stay focused. Going back to school can be chaotic so having a system in place will help both kids and parents. Have a morning and bedtime routine for your kids that will help them be well rested. Ask your child what they feel are the most important things to do. Talk together about what is working and what is not. Find out what the hardest parts of the morning are for them. By including your child in the process of creating a routine, they are an active participant in it, rather than feeling like tasks are being imposed upon them. They have a sense of ownership in the process and are more likely to initiate the steps on their own. This will help them progress and take on more tasks.

2. Teach your kids about the new normal: Going back to school in 2021 is going to be a lot different for young kids. It is essential to help them normalize and get accustomed to this changing environment and changing possibilities. Getting back to the outside world means temperature checks, masks on and more such changes. We also need to prepare our kids for changes in schedule. Going to school for a few weeks or months and then going back to remote learning is a very real possibility in the current scenario. We need to prepare our kids mentally and emotionally for any obstacle that will come their way.

3. Validate their feelings: Be sure to assure your child that the feeling of nervousness at the start of school is absolutely normal. All kids, and even us adults, have a hard time getting back into the routine of the school year. But assuring your kid that they are not alone, will help them process better.

4. Give your child time to ease into the back to school routine: Give your kid a gradual introduction to what the mornings will look like as the school year approaches. Start practicing your morning and bedtime routine with them a week or two before school starts. Start by waking up early, getting dressed for breakfast and slowly getting your kid involved in helping you make breakfast. This will get your kids into the habit and routine of what a normal school day would look like.

5. Connect with your kids daily: Start your day with some one-on-one time with your kid. Waking up just 10 minutes earlier to cuddle, talk, or read together in your child’s favorite chair starts the day from a place of harmony and connection. This will help them feel closely connected to you, which will make them much more ready to face the day.

6. Teach your kids about safety: Educating your kids on the signs and symptoms of this virus is essential. Since they won’t be in your sight while they are at school, you must prepare them for the classroom. Teach them about social distancing. Kids will be excited to see their friends after a while but for now their enthusiasm needs to be precautionary. They need to wear a mask at all times especially when social distancing can be a challenge at times in a packed classroom. Ensure they remember to wash their hands frequently.

7. Listen to your child’s concerns: As an adult and a parent, you are your child’s trusted source of information but also a confidante. Make your child feel comfortable when they express any signs of anxiety or nervousness. Keep an open ear to ensure your kid that they are not alone. Talk to your kids about their feelings and how they can overcome any uncertainty about going back to school and interacting. Whether your child is concerned about having to wear a mask all day or what might happen if there's a confirmed case at school, make sure you're listening intently and helping your child cope with their feelings in a reassuring manner.

8. Make playtime a must: From all the schoolwork to getting homework done, kids are going to need a break from all the hassle. Add compulsory playtime to your kid’s schedule as a way to reward them for all the work they do throughout the day. This also helps increase family time and you can spend quality time with your kids and engage in various activities such as reading, arts and crafts, watching a movie and more. Get your young ones DIY kits that are a perfect combination of fun and learning. Parents and kids can de-stress together during playtime.

 While a routine is essential for your kids to get back to school, always remember to listen to your kids. School may be intimidating for some, and as parents we need to ensure our kids that we’re all in this together. COVID-19 has altered the way we live our lives and is something new to our kids, but teaching them about the ways to tackle this virus is imperative. Stay informed with your child’s school and communicate with them effectively. Staying connected with your child’s teachers may reduce your feelings of anxiety and it also provides a way for you to support your child’s learning at home.

 Last but not the least, always tell your kid to remember to have fun. School is an exciting time with learning and their peers and is something that we will never get back. Make sure they make the most out of school and create some of the best memories.

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