7 Essential Back to School Tips for a Successful Start

It’s that time of year again – back to school season! At Save the Children, we know that getting kids ready for a new school year can be both exciting and challenging. To help you navigate this transitional period, we’ve compiled a list of 7 essential back to school tips that will not only make the process smoother but also fun for your little ones. So let’s dive into these tips together!

1. Bedtime Stories: A Nightly Ritual

Kickstart your back to school routine with a nightly bedtime story. Snuggling up with your little one and a children’s book is a delightful way to wind down and foster a love for reading. With Wonderbooks, bedtime reading can be fun and engaging. Your little one will be transported to new countries and find out how other children from around the world live. This month’s book, Ife the Adventurer, is inspired by the real-life stories of children in Ethiopia.

Mum, Keri, reads Wonderbooks with her daughter Clara at bedtime. Credit: Marcus Perkins / Save the Children
2. Get Some Fresh Air Daily

Don’t underestimate the power of fresh air! Encourage your child to spend time outdoors, whether it’s playing in the garden, park or going for a family walk. The calming effects of nature can help them recharge, boost their mood, and prepare them for a day of learning.

3. Hugs: A Daily Dose of Affection

Starting school can be an emotional rollercoaster for kids. Ensure they start their day with a warm hug and a reassuring word of encouragement. These little moments of affection can make a world of difference in helping them feel loved, supported, and ready to take on the world.

4. Exercise for a Healthy Mind and Body

Try to incorporate some physical activity into your child’s daily routine. Whether it’s a morning stretch, a game of catch, or a dance party in the living room, exercise is key to promoting a healthy mind and body. It helps improve focus, reduces stress, and sets a positive tone for the day, for both children and us parents!

5. Making New Friends: Encourage Social Connections

One of the most exciting aspects of going back to school is the opportunity to make new friends. Talk to your child about the importance of being friendly and kind. Share stories from your own school days about making friends and reassure them that they’re not alone in their quest to build new friendships.

6. Establish a Solid Routine

Consistency is key when it comes to back to school success. Create a daily routine that includes designated study time, playtime, and family time. Having a structured schedule provides a sense of security and helps children understand what to expect each day.

7. Stay Engaged in Learning

Even when school hours are over, keep the learning spirit alive at home. Explore educational games, science experiments, or creative projects that align with your child’s interests. Encourage curiosity, and show them that learning is not confined to the classroom.

In conclusion, the back to school season doesn’t have to be daunting; it can be an exciting time of growth and discovery for your child. Hopefully these tips will help your child navigate this transition with confidence, a love for reading through bedtime stories, the joys of fresh air, plenty of hugs, the benefits of exercise, the thrill of making new friends, and the comfort of a solid routine. Here’s to a successful and joyful start to the school year! 📚🌞🤗🏃‍♀️👫📆

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