My daughter started second grade on Monday, so I am little behind the ball in posting this. But if your kids haven’t started (or even if they have), here a few creative things you can do to help them transition from summer slacker to serious student…
1. Create a “First Day” Bag
Journey brought a little paper bag home from school on the first day. Inside the bag were several items and this note:
I love the message that it sends to the parents, the student and how it sets expectations for the year.
2. Set Goals For The School Year
Your child is never too young to start setting goals. Each year Journey and I have a conversation about what she would like to accomplish during the school year academically and personally. She writes down her goals and posts them so that they can be seen daily. We reviewed the goals periodically to ensure that she remains focused on achieving them. Her goals for this year are below:
3. Start A Journal
Journey started her first journal as soon as she could write. It helps her practice writing and it’s a great way for her to learn how to release her thoughts and feelings. At the very least, she has to write 4 affirmations each day—one of which has to be “I am beautiful.” Because she is—and I never want her to forget it.
4. Issue Bedtime Passes
Since Journey is back to her school schedule, I thought she would appreciate these cute bedtime passes I found on pinterest. But I am using them a bit differently, so I created my own. I gave her one to start off the year, but going forward she can earn a pass to stay up 15 minutes past her bedtime by exhibiting good behavior.
5. Threaten Embarrassment
Last year, Journey and I agreed that I am only allowed to “embarrass” her on the first day of school. I get to walk in, take pictures and I can even get a hug and a kiss. After that, she walks into school by herself. But whenever she would give me the slightest bit of trouble, I threatened to walk her in holding her hand. Worked like a charm. So when the first day came this year, I gently reminded her of this. Don’t think I’ll have any trouble here!
What are you doing to get your kids ready to go back to school?