As fall approaches, there are signs of a new beginning. Parents are scrambling for spots in “daycare”, buying school clothes, lunch boxes, arranging schedules for after school activities, and saying good-bye to vacations! The air even changes!
This can be a time of great stress or a time of celebration. My hope is that you will make it celebratory in nature so you and your children are able to enjoy all the new options that lie in wait for all of you.
Although I haven’t been in the classroom for a few years, and our preschool/daycare center is a year round operation, I still approach fall with an eager anticipation. I think life is our classroom. It is a time to reflect on the achievements of the past year and look forward to the new learnings that will happen in the coming year. I look forward to the new opportunities I have to share my knowledge with my staff, my piano students, my singers, and my grandkids. I find that although I may feel that I have information to pass on to others, most often, I learn major lessons in life from my students.
Let me share a few ideas with you to help you reduce the “back-to-school” stress.
- Help children get back into the school year routine ahead of time.
- Return to the school-year-bedtime.
- Eat healthy foods and snacks.
- Even if the budget is stressed, get at least one thing that will be shiny and new for the kids to take to school.
- Talk positively about the new people your kids will encounter.
- Be excited about the places they will go and the things they will see.
- Plan a special time when they return home from school the first day. Listen to their adventures and try prompting them with things you know must have happened.
- Take a picture of them at the beginning of the year to compare with the one you will take at the end of the year.
- Read some more!!
I hope you enjoy the new year and the new lessons you will learn from your kids. You will only recapture these moments in your memory, so please make the most of this time together and expand your classroom!