Five Ways for a Successful Start to the School Year

Five Ways for a Successful Start to the School Year


FamilyFunShanghai 今天

Beginning a new school year is an exciting time for both children and parents. So much is changing as you are getting to know new teachers, new environments, and new routines.


With the start of the school around the corner, now is the time to get children ready to go back to school and set them on the track for a successful school year! Here are our five ways to help you and your children get back into the swing of things:



Be prepared


Being prepared for the first day of school will contribute to a positive start to the new school year.  Use a planner and make sure you and your children’s schedules are aligned. Be sure to check your emails for regular important updates at the start of the school year.



Talk about going back to school


Communication is a must-have, especially with the hustle and bustle of a new school year. Sometimes going back to school, transferring to a new school, or entering a new grade can be a nervous experience for children. Ask your children how they are feeling about the new year, what they’re looking forward to, and what they are not so much looking forward to.



Get back in a routine


Think of a routine that works best for everyone in your household, and ease into it. Work with your child to re-establish routines and make sure everyone knows what to expect. Dedicate homework time, mealtime, and morning routines that work best for everyone involved.



Reconnect with friends


Schools are social places and friendships are important.  For some children, the transition from family life in holiday mode to being back in a busy and bustling school can be difficult. You can support your child by setting up playdates so that they can reconnect with friends and classmates before school starts. For new families, we would recommend setting up play dates in the first month of school to help strengthen friendships that develop in class.

学校是社交场所,友谊很重要。 对于一些孩子来说,从家庭生活在假日模式过渡到一个繁忙的学校生活是很困难的。你可以通过安排玩伴来支持你的孩子,这样他们就可以在开学前与朋友和同学重新联系。 新的家庭,我们建议设置在学校的第一个月让孩子们一起玩耍,这样在课堂上会帮助加强友谊的发展。


Sleep early!


Gone are the summer days of rolling around in bed and waking up way past the sunrise. By setting earlier bedtimes, it will be easier for everyone to wake up early enough to eat a healthy breakfast and get reading for the school bus to arrive. Remember that getting 7-9 hours is the target amount of sleep your child should get to be the most productive at school.


By following these tips, you will help inspire a love of learning as you transition back into the new school year and ensure a stress-free start for you and your child.