Back to school… And here comes chaos! For children who have an important milestone (leaving kindergarten for elementary school, or elementary school for middle school), that time of the year can be unsettling: they become forgetful, scared of getting lost…
If you are aware that your child is particularly anxious, forgetful or just concerned about upcoming changes in his daily life, think ahead! For the young kids starting elementary school, the new step in their education consists in taking care of their belongings. For first graders, you can purchase a labelling machine to help your child create the tags that he will stick to his school material. Make sure they know how to use it as soon as the first weeks of school!
As for sixth graders, they will have to go to school on their own, and sometimes even use public transportation! A significant gain of autonomy that you have naturally “practiced for” during the summer… Show your kid the alternative routes that he can take if necessary (in case of a road or transportation blocked). Too young to own a cellphone? Choose a Weenect Kids GPS tracker: you’ll be able to communicate in case of a problem. And there again, you may want to test the device before school starts and make sure you know how to use it!
Use these tricks
Whatever their age, children are aware of the change in their habits and that they need to be more organized in their daily life. However, they can easily feel overwhelmed… Here are a few tricks that you can use:
- Lists: it sounds trivial, but it is a good way to make your children more responsible. For instance, making a list of school equipment: ask your child to rewrite the list on a clean sheet, maybe even customize it with his own drawings and highlights, laminate it and place it in a visible spot in their room. For middle schoolers, make a list of the books and material required for each class.
- Time tables: with visuals for the youngest, simply written for the eldest, putting the daily routine down on paper is an ideal way to help kids organize and memorize the important steps of the day.
- New responsibilities: bring in new responsibilities for your kids outside of school. Help with dishes, laundry or clean up their rooms on their own…
Value their progress
Of course, there is going to be misfires: lost notebooks, late mornings, forgotten pencases… Let your children learn from their mistakes: becoming organized is a long process, that requires at least a trimester, maybe even longer for young kids! In the meantime, praise them when they succeed in keeping their things organized or going to school safely) and don’t overburden them with reproach if they lose a pen or get to school late because they took the bus in the wrong direction: it may seem easy for us adults, but keep in mind that learning to be organized is full of little material and psychological challenges. These efforts will make them gain autonomy on all fronts!