Preparing Your Child To Go Back to School
For younger children, school is already a major change and socially challenging. It can be an even bigger challenge when your child has a special need or learning requirement. Because of this, it’s important for parents to do whatever they can to prepare both themselves and their children.
Luckily you can start helping your child prepare for the upcoming year now!
1.) Start getting your child up in the morning.
An earlier wake-up time will help them fall asleep earlier at night and help when school days come around. Put a calendar on the refrigerator with the date and bedtime and cross it off each day. Gradually, decrease the bedtime if your child has been going to be too late.
2.) Take a trial visit up to the school and look in the classroom and introduce yourself and your child to the teacher.
You may leave a paper “About My Child” for the teacher (which explains, needs for accommodations and modifications that your child needs as well as likes and triggers).
3.) Make sure that the school has the correct contact information to get in touch with you.
It’s important to call back at least once and have them repeat the information back to you.
4.) Set up a specific school materials area at home and a good place and time for homework.
Kids can be easily distracted, but having a specific area of the house that is dedicated to homework will help them to focus.
5.) Read stories with your child about how everyone has anxiety or stress related to school. Some good choices are:
This School Year Will Be the Best
Mind Your Manners In School
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
Reading Makes You Feel Good
The Night Before First Grade
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
- Review the supply list with your child (that you have received from school).
- Let your child be a part of choosing what color items they want.
- Help your child organize their school supplies and create a designated area for homework.
- Use binders or trapper keepers that have color coding so that your child can find different subject areas.
- Put your child’s name on all supplies and clothing
Feinberg Consulting prides itself on having excellent educational consultants, trained and experienced in helping children with different educational requirements. They are able to formulate customized plans that help students be successful and help parents find the support that they need.
To speak to someone about how your family can benefit from Educational Consulting, call: 877.538.5425