The commercials have already started. Flyers have “BACK TO SCHOOL” written all over them. It is only July but, September feels so far away yet, so close. Do these commercials and flyers now relate to you? Is your child starting full time school this fall? So many things to organize and get ready but we can sometimes forget the most important part…to organize and get our child(ren) ready!
Talking to your child is going to be key. Talk to them about the changes that are about to happen. Make sure they know that its important for them to tell their teacher if they are feeling a bit overwhelmed or tired at some point throughout the day, especially if they are still napping or have quiet time in the afternoon. Also, talk to you child’s teacher. Ask questions! Ask them if there is a designated quiet area or if there is a designated quiet time at they implement at some point during the day. Ask them how they handle if it a child comes to them letting them know what they are tired. Make sure they communicate any concerns they may have with regards to your child being overly tired throughout the day.
Starting full day kindergarten is going to be an adjustment for everyone. Some children have an easier time transitioning than others. Its important to try and keep their nap/quiet time/bedtime routine in place up until the first day of school. We want to send them off as well rested as possible. I don’t suggest making any big changes to their routine until after school starts. I also recommend that if your child still naps, they continue to do so on weekends. They’re going to be exhausted but thats OK! This is a super exciting time.
That being said, don’t be afraid to implement an earlier bedtime while your child adjusts to all these new changes. I know that with our busy schedules, by the time we get home, have dinner, have a bath etc, its already 8PM! Don’t make things rushed but if possible, try to get them to bed a bit earlier just until things iron out and they are better rested.
Try to turn off all electronics (TV, iPad, phones etc) at least 1.5 hours before bed. Engage in quiet activities. Read, colour, anything that doesn’t require a screen. This will help them not be any more stimulated than they already are with the days activities.
The beginning of school is going to be exciting, scary and wonderful all at the same time. Some children have an easier go adjusting than others. Be patient and make sure the lines of communication are always open. If your child is struggling because they’re tired, make sure they tell you. The first few days may be long but always keep in mind, they’re going to be OK.