We are half-way through the school year. A lot has happened; we had those monthly mini-field trips, school events and pocket activities like the show-and-tell activity at school. And although school activities are fun, there are days when the kids aren’t just as excited to go to school.
In the beginning, I was worried that my kid would feel a little overwhelmed with five days per week school schedule. Eventually, we both learned to adapt from the 3-hour class schedule, and our drop-offs were mostly peaceful. So, today I’ll be sharing some of the tips we’ve tried and discovered since we started attending school.
Here’s how you can keep the kids excited for school.
1. Start the day right
Waking up in the morning is just the most challenging thing to do for adults, let alone for those little ones. Crank up the volume of their favourite music just a bit to set the mood while having breakfast. I like playing fun and upbeat music, and it has never failed to bring my daughter into her fun pop rock-start vibe.
2. Model the calm and happy mood
As parents, guardians and caregivers, we are the people who inspire the young kids on how they see and feel about almost anything. If you show disgust or fear of dangerous things, those little ones are sure to embody the same feeling towards it. Ultimately, if you show them that you are excited about school and learning, they would begin to see school as a fun place to be.
3. Prepare fun and delicious school snacks
Try giving your kids a colourful school snack treats that meet the school’s nutritional requirements. You could also ask your kid to prepare the food with you or keep it a surprise until snack time. It’s a way for the kids to look forward to opening their lunch boxes at school.
4. Talk about your day
Some days are fun, and some could fall short on the happy meter scale. But, that’s fine for as long as there’s a chance to discuss the highlights of your day. Start with talking about how your day went, what made it fun or disappointing. Be patient if your kid’s finding it a bit hard to share about her day keep trying without the pressure.
5. Have a special spot for homework and activity at home
Refresh the activities or lessons your kid had in school by having a special nook for homework and activities at home. It will help recall what he learned and at the same time, remind him of the new things he learned.
6. Keep them in the loop about what’s happening in school
Let them feel that they are still part of the conversation, although they are too young to get updates directly from their teachers. You can try casually discussing what’s up and coming in school so they can mentally prepare for it. It lessens the chances of tantrums on unexpected school activities and events.
7. Support their other interests
School is fun, but it depends on how the teachers make it fun and exciting for the kids. If your kid’s school has more of the laidback and straightforward approach to learning, chances are it would be harder to keep the whole idea of attending school regularly fun for the kids. Allow them to do something else aside from what the school has to offer. You can try enrolling them to a sport they like or some dance or music class for an alternative activity. Just try not to over-schedule your kid.
8. Allow rest days
There are days wherein the kids would feel a little bit tired from the daily activities in school. For younger kids, this could be challenging for them. Instead of convincing them to go to school though they’re showing clear signs of fatigue, let them have a day to recover. In most situations, after a big event or a field trip, the school allows the kids to have a special rest day. Take this time to catch up with your kid at home.