10 From GEM:
Surviving the First Day of School
Thousands of kids will start school soon all over the nation and many have the first day jitters. In fact, many teachers also have those butterflies. School, after all means back to routine, accountability and work. It’s perfectly normal to have some nervousness and everyone experiences this feeling. Much of the fear is of the unknown. Kids often worry about the transitions, the changes, what will happen to their old friends and who will be their new friends. They wonder about their new teacher or set of teachers, how much homework they’ll get and if they’ll understand and be able to keep up with it.
These worries may seem trivial to us as adults, but to children these worries are huge. We have to recognize and respect that and try to work through these emotions. The best way to do this is to establish structure and routine at home. Kids need to know what to expect at every turn. It’s what helps them thrive and learn. Structure breeds comfort and security which in turn fosters learning.
These easy tips will help you get your child off to a great start.
2. The Night Before
The night before should be the time to lay out clothes. Plan what they will wear, lay out the clothes so they're ready for the next day. Even lay out any accessories and plan on what hairdos they'll sport. Book bags and back packs should be ready too. If everything is ready for the next morning, the guesswork, hunting around frantically and undue stress will be prevented and chaos completely avoided.