Parents and kids alike often suffer from post-winter break blues when it’s time to go back to the classroom. But fear not, the transition is much easier than you think it is.
Here are ten tips from Dr. Michael S. Bartlett, founding executive principal of Rising School Dubai, on making it through the second term and getting back into the swing of things in the New Year.
1. Go to bed on time
Often during the holidays, kids’ routines are disrupted and it’s important to get these routines normalised during the first week back at school.
2. Eat breakfast
It’s important that students start off the morning with a well-balanced meal to fuel their body and brains for an active day of learning at school.
3. Be proactive
Think about where you left off at school, before the holidays, and look over old material to refresh your memory (and excitement) about topics to be covered.
4. Begin with the end in mind
It’s always good to review your goals and ambitions after a long break. Think about what you want to achieve at school this term.
5. Sharpen the saw
Exercise is a key part of feeling good both physically and mentally. This will enhance your concentration, focus and learning abilities and promote better sleep habits, which will in turn support your learning and development.
For parents (and teachers, too)
1. Put first things first
Before enforcing bedtime routines, ensure students are organised for each day ahead. Preparing all school clothing, tools and lunches will make starting the day easier, and smoothen the transition back into the school week routine.
2. Think win-win
It may often be hard to get students back into the routine of a bedtime. Perhaps a compromise in times may be made to ease them back into their routine, and reduce the time each night until they’re back on schedule.
Try to schedule family time to discuss the week’s events, highlights and low points of their educational journey.
4. Seek first to understand
Listen to your child. Try to understand and empathise with their interests and dislikes at school and do the most to encourage them in the subjects they don’t particularly enjoy. Take an interest in their stories from school, what they’ve learned, who they played with, etc. Children are more likely to confide in you if you show regular interest.
5. Communicate with teachers
Ask your child’s teacher what you can do to support them. This is a proactive way of aiding your child’s progress and finding out specifically the areas where you can guide and help them.