It’s about that time!
Before school begins, it is important for children to know what to expect and what is expected of them. Take a trip to school, especially if this is the first time they will be going there daily. Many schools have designated days that are designed for kindergarteners to visit. If you did this, you are ahead of the game! If this day was at the end of the school year, remind them by taking them past the school again over the summer. Even if you cannot go in, it is helpful for them to see the building or the playground again.
Children thrive on routine and consistency. Go through the morning routine with them. Where will you drop them off? Where will they wait for their teacher each morning? Where is the classroom located?
Learning is not just for school, it continues at home. Children should know that there are parts of school that will carry over and things to complete at home. Create a space that is conducive to doing homework, reading and school projects. This can be any area in your home and should be arranged in a manner that specifically fits your child’s learning style (refer to earlier entry on Learning Styles/Multiple Intelligences). Space can be an issue so remember that this does not need to be a large area, just somewhere that is designated as a “learning area”.
What goes in this area? Anything that will promote learning, depending on the age of your children. Crayons, pencils, pens, notebooks, paper, stapler, tape, rubber bands, etc. The key is to have an organized space for everything. I always stress the importance of labeling everything in your house and this area is a great place to start. Take plastic cups or empty soup cans (my favorite) and use for crayons, colored pencils, etc. Use file folders or empty gift boxes for writing paper, notebooks or as a desk organizer to hold a tape dispenser and stapler. Remember my rules on labeling – let them experiment with the spelling and when they discover the correct way, have them change the label. Make a fun sign that says, “[insert child’s name] Learning Area” or “[insert child’s name] Work Space”.
Have a great Labor Day weekend and good luck next week!