Here are 10 helpful tips for a stress-free start to the new school year.
Who is actually stressed out at the beginning of the new school year: pupils or parents? More and more worried parents are calling our tutoria advisory team who are unsure how they can optimally support their child in the new class level without too much pressure to perform.
The increased organizational effort at the beginning of the school year means stress for many parents. This in turn can have a negative impact on the children and their motivation to learn . Here we give you the ten most important tips for starting school.
Tip 1: Create a family weekly schedule
At the start of school, it is important to demonstrate organizational talent. Working parents in particular often have to re-coordinate appointments. A weekly family plan can help. Align your own commitments to your children’s school and leisure activities and assign tasks to all family members. This creates commitment and relieves.
Tip 2: Start learning in time
Do you sometimes worry whether your child is up to the subject matter? From a higher class level, parents sometimes reach their own limits and can no longer help with homework without problems . Free yourself from the expectations of having to be able to do everything! The school offers teachers the opportunity to inform themselves about the content of exams through teacher consultations and parent evenings. Together with your children, you can develop a learning plan for important final exams at an early stage and decide whether tutoring should support exam preparation during the school year.
Tip 3: Be ready to talk and be open
At the start of the new school year, students experience a lot of new things: unknown classmates, new subjects and teachers, maybe even a new school. In the first few weeks of school, be particularly attentive, seek a conversation and ask specifically if your child does not report by itself.
Tip 4: Get school supplies
If possible, ask at the end of the school year which materials and booklets your child needs in the new class level and whether there is a list of materials. So you can get the most important things in a relaxed way during the holidays. In the first week of school, the pupils then learn what additional things they need – which you or your child can then buy together at the weekend.
Tip 5: Repeat school material during the holidays
Repeating the material from the previous school year can be helpful – especially if your child did not understand a topic correctly or if a particular subject is causing difficulties. For example, if the English vocabulary from the previous year is correct, this is good for the students’ self-confidence and promotes the fun of learning new words.
Tip 6: Change rhythm to school time
After six weeks of vacation, it is difficult for many children to get used to going to bed early and getting up in time. It is best to start in the last week of your holiday. Give your child the time it takes to make the switch. On the first days of school, you can get up a little earlier than necessary and have breakfast together. You and your child will start the new school year more relaxed without any hectic pace.
Tip 7: bundle information
Especially at the beginning of the new school year, the pupils receive a lot of important information, for example material lists, timetables, information letters and appointment announcements. Together with your child, make sure that everything is bundled and that nothing is forgotten in the satchel for weeks. For example, the timetable is clearly visible in the kitchen for everyone, and you can enter all important dates in the family weekly schedule.
Tip 8: Practice going to school
Especially with younger children or when changing schools, it makes sense to walk the way to school together before the first day of school. Make your child familiar with the way and point out possible dangers. This gives security on the first day of school. It also makes organization easier for you if you know how much time your child has to plan for the journey.
Tip 9: Repeat holiday highlight
If the schedule is too busy, try repeating a holiday highlight in the first week of school, for example a visit to the swimming pool or a picnic in the park. So you can save a little relaxed holiday mood in the start of school.
Tip 10: Request your own withdrawal times
It is best to help your children when you are relaxed and do not transfer your own stress to the children. You should therefore allow yourself withdrawal times to recharge your batteries to support your children. In this way you can face the chaos of the new school year in a relaxed manner and make it easier for children to return to work after the holidays.