Students will be returning to school soon and now is the time those back to school jitters creep up. Audrey Medlin, principal at North Saginaw Charter Academy, says there are some simple steps parents can take to help calm any concerns. Watch her interview on ABC 12 to talk about back to school jitters.
Medlin says parents should ask their children questions about how they feel about going back to school now. If the child is concerned, here are some ideas to help.
- Share your own personal back to school stories. Tell them about a concern you experienced and how it played out on the first day of school.
- Encourage your child to ask a new student one question to get to know them better.
- Do you have a pet at home?
- What did you do this summer?
- Do you have a brother or sister?
- Tell the child to invite a new student to play at recess or sit by them at lunch. This is a great ice breaker and a way to get to know someone better.
- If your child’s school has an open house or back to school bash, be sure to take advantage of those events. They are a great opportunity to let your child ease back in to school with their parent right by their side.
- For first-time kindergarten students this means preparing your child for what their school day will be like. Younger children like to know what to expect. Explain to them they will be away from home for a number of hours, they will eat lunch at school, and tell them how they will get home, whether it’s a parent picking them up, walking with a sibling, or riding the bus.
The first day of school should be such an exciting time for students. Medlin said parents can also share a lot of positive reinforcement with their child about what a great year they have ahead to set them in the right direction.
North Saginaw Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.