As students, teachers and parents prepare to head back to school, in one way or another, it can be quite unnerving to think about all the things that will be different this year. You’ll have a new teacher, new classmates, maybe a new school and some may be experimenting virtual or homeschooling this year. The good thing is that none of these “new” worries stick around for long. In order to be properly prepared for this new adventure, let’s look at all the ways you can better prepare yourself mentally and physically for a new school year.
Know what to expect on the first day of school…
The first day is often the most important and in order to be off to the right start, you’ll want to get a great night’s sleep the night before and eat a healthy wholesome breakfast the morning of.
This is the day that you’ll get to meet everyone and get to know a little more about them. This can be quite nerve racking, in order to make your day a little more comfortable, try wearing a special outfit or if you’re required to wear a uniform, try adding a favorite watch, or accessory to show off your personal style. When you enter the classroom, your teacher should have specific instructions for you, find the instructions then reach out to your teacher because you never know, they might be just as nervous as you.
Entering middle school often means a new school so take the time to research the school beforehand to be more mentally ready. It will help to have all your school supplies in order, and to pick out your outfit ahead of time. If you’re required to wear a uniform, find something special that you can take with you to make you less nervous.
If you’re in middle school or high school you will most likely dive head first into your studies but luckily most schools will hold an orientation before school starts. Use this opportunity to get to know someone in your classes and learn your way around the school building so you don’t feel overwhelmed on the first day. Believe it or not, a lot of the people you’ll talk to at orientation, will probably be feeling nervous as well. If you start a conversation with them about your common concerns, you may just spark a new friendship before school even begins.
Know how to adequately be prepared based on your grade level…
Transitioning into a new grade level can be challenging for the student but it is a natural part of all educational programs. Just remember that each grade level brings its own unique challenges, so you’ll want to properly prepare for the teachers, classmates, schedules, buildings and routines of your own grade level.
If your child is starting Kindergarten or 1st grade, make sure they are ready to take care of themselves and their supplies but be sure to put their name on everything just in case. You’ll also want to make sure they are able to open their snacks on their own. Have talks with them about what to expect from their new school so they are mentally ready to handle the expectations that await them in their new grades.
If you’re transitioning into middle school be prepared to deal with higher volumes of homework, more long-term projects, and tests such as midterms and final exams. The best way to prepare for this is to find the study method that fits you best, reading and understanding the provided study guides, and finding a friend or parent to quiz you.
Remember to always stay positive…
No matter what your first day is like, don’t give up hope. It’s normal to feel nervous and you might feel drained from adjusting to all these new environments, but be patient and remember good things often take time.
It also helps to get involved in things you love to do, whether it’s music, sports, art, or agriculture; follow your passion and you’ll find like-minded people. In the classroom, whether it’s face-to-face or in your home, use good work habits, and don’t forget to ask your teacher or parent if you don’t understand something.
Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or student just relax, take pictures, and enjoy every moment! View the first day of school as a door of opportunity. Walk through it looking for the best in every situation and you will find it. We here at Heartland LIVING, wish you the best this school year and hope that you will keep a sense of humor and make lots of memories throughout your school years.