Wheaton Montessori News
And just like that, summer is drawing to a close. School is right around the corner, and we’re here to give you some tips and tricks to get the kids (and yourselves) ready!
Long summer days and less pressure to wake up early often leads to later bedtimes for children. While this is great for family fun, it’s helpful to reassess your child’s sleep needs before school starts.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:
To make sure your child is sleep-ready for school, consider what time they will need to go to bed on an ideal school night, then start slowly inching bedtime back each day from now until the start of school.
Children thrive with routine. While it’s not always possible during summertime, it’s super important to reestablish routines when getting ready to head back to school.
Bedtime isn’t just about sleep, but also the hour or so leading up to it. Create predictable steps and order so that your child can focus on rest and not anticipation of what’s next. You may want to begin bedtime with a warm bath, followed by putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, and reading a story in bed.
Morning routines are helpful, too. What do you expect your child to do independently, and what will they need help with? Again, try to keep the same order and timing each day so everything runs smoothly. Children who need reminders (read: most kids) often find it helpful to have a visual reminder. Post a note in your child’s bedroom or the bathroom listing the order of what needs to be done. For children who aren’t reading yet, a picture list can be made.
Will you need to make lunches for your child when they head off to school? If so, it doesn’t hurt to think ahead. Once you gather these supplies they should last for years.
Lunch supply basics:
When school does start, it can be helpful to make lunches the night before, and your children can help! Older children can begin making their own lunches each day.
We are frequently asked, “What should I pack for my child’s lunch at school?” We urge parents to pack what is familiar to your child. There is already so much “new” for them to take in during the first weeks at school. Having familiar foods during lunch time can help them eat during this time of novelty.
Begin talking with your child about the upcoming school year. Chances are they’re excited, but if it’s a new school or a new class, they may have some reservations. Let them know what to expect and encourage them to ask questions. Some possible talking points:
Lastly, if there is any information you need from us before the start of the school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. We are looking forward to seeing your children and starting off another great year!