The aim of this weekly communication is to celebrate student achievement in the social and emotional domain and create a forum for regular parent education series on topics in child development specific to school and wellbeing. For our first article, I have prepared some information about coping with “back to school”.
It has been a long hot summer and getting back into a routine for:
- Going to bed
- Waking up
- Leaving for school
- Preparing lunches and school supplies
Everyday responsibilities are best serviced by having strong, consistent routines.
It is normal for students to feel anxious about:
- Who will I play with
- Who am I going to make friends with
- Will my teacher be patient and nice
- What if I get sick at school
- Having too much homework
- Missing the bus
If your child is showing signs of excess worry, re-assure them that we all get nervous when starting something new, but they can overcome difficulties and just let their worried feelings go. Visualize a balloon on string imagine it flying away in the wind high into the clouds, the balloon can take your worries away, say “let it go” as you imagine the balloon floating away.
If worries stick around for 2-3 weeks, be sure to let your homeroom teacher know. The connection and partnership with your teacher can solve little things. We know that from little things big things grow, so be sure to tell, tell and tell to make sure we know.
If your child is not settled after a few weeks of normal school life, feel free to contact the School Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together, we can make a difference.