Going to school for the first time is a momentous milestone for any child. After years of knowing only the home as their daily environment, millions of children will be attending school for the first time this year, an unknown environment where they’ll be expected to spend the bulk of their waking hours.
This is not a new topic on my blog. I’ve previously
- answered an #AskMegan question about a mom’s concern about her son being ready for school,
- and wrote a full blog post about the why, what, when & how of your child’s school-readiness behavior.
This time, I’m focusing on the first day of school and how, for first-time preschoolers and kindergarteners, as well as young children going back to school after a long summer break, the first day can be intimidating. Separation anxiety, apprehension about a new environment (fear of the unknown), shyness, introversion, and uncertainty about the social landscape of school are some of the factors that may affect your child’s enthusiasm for that crucial first day of the school year.
I guest posted the whole article at Kiddy Charts. Head on over there to read Back to School: 20 tips to prepare young children for starting school and beyond. Incidentally, I’m a big believer in the efficacy of visual charts– they have just the right combination of organization and whimsy to attract and keep the interest of little children.
On the subject of back to school…
The blogosphere has been abuzz with back-to-school articles. A few of my favorite digital resources, in no particular order:
- Free book resources: Finding Free Books Online via KC EDventures
- A fun way to practice writing: Spelling Scribble via Relief Teaching Ideas
- From sight words to math activities, lots of free printable educational material at 3dinosaurs.com
- An excellent infographic summarizing the different styles of learning: The 7 Styles Of Learning: Which Works For You? via Edudemic
- MindSnacks Apps: iPhone and iPad apps for learning foreign languages, SAT vocabulary, geography, and math via simple and attention-grabbing games. Emily’s enamored with their learning German app.
- Khan Academy: You may already know this one, it is a wealth of information — thousands of 10-minute online videos that cover math, science, and humanities. If my 10 year old likes it, yours will too.
So, do you feel ready for back to school? Do you have a special tradition or process?