When the calendar nears Fall, you can almost hear the wheels of the bus move round and round as children return to school. Each school year presents fresh choices and opportunities for development. It’s also a time of year when children and parents must adjust to a new daily routine, classes, and homework. Learn how to make back-to-school preparations easier for you and your school-age foster children.
Elementary school age
Few places are more stimulating and exciting than an elementary school classroom! Young kids are only just beginning to learn about the world and explore their areas of interest in learning. To help your learners do well in the classroom, here are some tips:
- When you give youngsters options, they become more excited. Allow them to choose their outfit for the day (within reason) as well as choose fruits to pack in their lunchbox.
- Prior to the start of the new school year, establish a regular routine that includes time for both play and sleep.
- Read to (or with) them every night to promote emotional and cognitive development as well as self-esteem.
Middle school age
Middle schoolers are generally in the process of transitioning from childhood to adolescence. School can add stress to what are already challenging adolescent years. Here are some ideas to keep your middle school students engaged in class:
- Plan family field trips to local sites such as a museum or cultural center to enhance educational opportunities.
- Encourage your child to discover a stress-relief activity that he or she enjoys. They can participate in sports or perhaps even try meditation.
- Discuss bullying with your children and the various forms, such as cyberbullying, that it can take.
High school age
Older students may have the most difficult transition of any school-age child, as they must find a fine balance between the rigors of their classes and the allure of friends or even peer pressure. Here are some pointers to help high school students adjust to the new school year:
- Make sure your teenagers eat well and exercise regularly. Cook a healthy supper together and then go for a family jog in the evening.
- Discuss with your child which extracurricular activities pique their interest the most. They can develop a passion and become a more well-rounded college applicant.
- Maintain an involvement in your child’s life. Inquire about their day and pay close attention to their responses.
With Kids First, you can make the start of the school year easier.
Kids First works with foster families all around the Fort Worth, TX area to achieve success in all areas of life, including school, home, and day-to-day life. We collaborate with children, parents, and schools to make the transition from summer to the new school year as smooth as possible. To get started, contact us at any time!