Every child handles a new school year and new situations differently. However, there are practical solutions you can use to help your child transition into the new school year better. At Westminster Christian Academy, it is our mission to assist parents in educating their children by imparting God's truth to transform society in present and future generations. Here is a helpful list of tips we have compiled to help your Crusader adjust to the new school year.
Create a Schedule That Will Help Your Entire Family
Creating a schedule for your child is a good idea, but you need one that will work for you, too! Create a schedule that will help you and your child with school life. For instance, you might want your child to do homework at the table while you cook dinner so that you can offer assistance if necessary. After dinner and cleanup, you can sit down to read the Bible together and have family fun. Keeping a regular schedule will help your child to feel secure.
Implement the New Schedule Before School Starts
It can be hard to get your child used to a new schedule abruptly. A few weeks before school starts, begin making changes. Habits are learned with repetition until they become automatic. It will help your child better adjust to school if they have a set routine at a set time. This will also help ensure greater independence in your child so that you can do what you need to without prompting your child to focus on getting ready in the morning.
Create Goals with Your Child or Teen
To help create excitement about the new year and raise confidence, ask your child what they want to accomplish in the following year. This will help them to embrace the new school year and help them to feel like they are a part of the process. Your child may want to learn how to play a new instrument, learn a new language, or read more. This exercise also helps kids and teenagers to have less anxiety because they know their parents support them.
Plan for Fun
Going to school can create a lot of anxiety for children and teenagers because each new school year brings additional responsibilities and requirements. In addition to talking with your child about school, plan out fun things to do for the year. You can talk with your child about what you'll be doing when they're on vacation, family fun nights, supporting school athletic events, and weekend activities. It helps to give them something to look forward to in addition to school.
Adjusting to a New Grade and Teacher
Preparing your child for school by introducing them to our campus and teachers will help them to embrace the exciting aspects of this transition. In August students are invited to an Open House day where they find their classroom, deliver their school supplies, and have a chance to meet their teacher(s). Our thriving environment is filled with warmth, compassion, and the love of Christ to help students excel in academics and lead a life of significance. Our unique partnership with home and church helps provides a solid foundation for our students to stand firm, even on rocky ground.
It is our hope to see you this fall. Please contact us if you have additional questions or to schedule a tour of one of our campuses.