While it may seem like summer just started, school is right around the corner. This could be a very exciting time for your little one if it is there first time going to school or possibly the first time in a long time due to the pandemic. It can also be nerve racking and overwhelming for you as a parent. As parents we always will find something to worry about.
In terms of health and safety, remind your child the importance of good hygiene (i.e. frequent hand washing), social distancing or possible use of a mask. Give them an age appropriate talk about COVID and germs.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the what seems to be the never ending back to school supply list. Pick out notebooks and folders with your child according to their favorite colors and likes. While you may be worried about them finally going back to school, you don’t want to instill fear in them.
If your child is anxious or scared to go back to school, encourage good communication of these feelings. Ask them about what is making them anxious or scared. Acknowledge and validate their feelings and help them think of solutions to problems and worries. A good breathing story with Storybook can help calm the nerves and teach your child about conscious breathing as a coping mechanism in stressful situations.
Good sleep is especially going to be an important part of your little one’s education. Good quality sleep is vital for good attention. In addition, sleep is necessary for the consolidation of memory. Think of sleep as a needed step in taking what we learn and turning it into something we remember.
That’s why we recommend tuning up your bedtime routine with Storybook before school starts. Choose an appropriate bedtime for your child depending upon their age. Begin preparing for bed one hour before this time. Start with turning off devices and screens, have dinner, a bath, and change your little one into their pajamas. Before turning off the light make sure to give your child a storybook massage or two to help them relax and promote good sleep for a productive day at school.