Even though we haven’t yet had a full week of school, our kids have been in their new classrooms for 7 days already…how’s the transition going in your home? I’ve found myself turning to the experts more than once as we struggle to get into our routine. Here’s a roundup of links I’ve clipped for our household:
Preparing Your Child for the New School Year – AHA Parenting is a website my pediatrician recommended when my first child was born, and I’ve loved the down-to-earth advice about connecting with my kids and listening to them. While it’s a little late to “prepare” in mid-September, the advice about encouraging the bond between kids and their new teacher, as well as new kids in the classroom, is wonderful.
Back to School: Transitioning Your Family From Summer to School – PBS offers a whole host of excellent suggestions, with the suggestion to be sure to not let the change in routine and weather keep us inside and away from nature. Especially here in Redding, so many of our kids spend the summer outside in the woods being wonderfully wild and exploring. This is a great reminder to get back out there into our beautiful Redding open spaces. After reading this, I resolved to take my kids on an after-school walk with new friends at New Pond Farm! Share suggestions for making sure our busy kids are connected to Redding’s natural space in the comments!
Tips for Going Back to School – The American Autism Association offers a Back to School Guide (you can download it; it’s linked in this article) and this great summary of ideas on how to help kids with autism get back in the swing of things. The idea of creating a passport is a great tool for parents, kids and teachers!
Back to School: How to Get Your Kids Up in Time – One of the main back-to-school battles in our household revolves around bedtime. I hear the same from so many of my friends — we all enjoyed summer’s schedule flexibility where an extra game of checkers or a movie that started a bit late were no big deal. But now the kids are chafing at the earlier bedtimes and are waking up exhausted! This WebMD article gives some great (if not always easy to follow) advice for families struggling with a September full of sleepy kids! Does anyone else have any tips to share with the RES community? We’d love to hear from you here or on our Facebook page!