At Agora International School Andorra we help you to prepare for back to school
The 2021-2022 academic year is just around the corner. We are just a few days away from welcoming all our students to Agora International School Andorra. Now begins what is known as the ‘cost of September’ with its expenses, the return to routine after the holidays, the adaptation period, and all the new things. But don’t worry, we have all the secrets to prepare for the return to school and start this academic year on the right foot.
Prepare the material in advance
So that you are not caught by surprise and to avoid last-minute rushes, it is best to start preparing the necessary school supplies a few days in advance.
- The uniform: perhaps you can take advantage of the sales that some shops are preparing in the summer to buy the basics needed for the uniform. Also, a good option is to try last year’s uniform on your little one and check which clothes need to be replaced because they are too small. By writing everything down on a list and getting it little by little, you will arrive at the start of the school year with one less worry.
- What things will they need? You may need to buy a new backpack, a new electronic or technological item, a new pack of pencils, a pencil case or enough pens. A good tip is to take out everything you have from last year and write down what needs to be renewed and what can continue with your children for another year.
- Put name tags on all the items that need to be carried, so that on the first day they will have everything ready to go.
Preparing the material in advance can be an added incentive for them to start without so much anxiety.
To prepare for going back to school, you also have to prepare for it emotionally.
It is perfectly normal for children to feel fear and nervous about going back to school. They have spent almost three months at home, surrounded by their families, feeling their warmth and feeling loved. They interpret going back to school as ‘abandonment’ by their family. “Fear is a human emotion that appears when faced with the perception of danger and that fulfils the function of adaptation and survival”, explain the experts at RUBIO on their website.
To help validate these emotions, it is necessary to prepare them a few days beforehand for what is to come. For example, psychologist Sonia Martínez told Infosalus that a good option is for families to help their children to imagine what the first day of school will be like, always setting an achievable goal.
It is also necessary to return to routines little by little. And don’t take your child’s first day at school personally: don’t say goodbye to them crying or making a drama. Convey calmness at all times.
Post-holiday depression, also in children
According to data from the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine, around 7% of children experience something similar to post-holiday syndrome. “The return from holidays can be as hard for children as it is for parents,” says neuropsychologist Álvaro Bilbao.
According to the same source, the symptoms associated with post-holiday syndrome in children include irritability, tiredness, getting up or going to bed angry or openly showing their concern about going back to school.
To avoid this, or at least to minimise these symptoms and help them to subside, it is necessary that, as a family, you prepare your child emotionally a few days or weeks before the start of the school term in September.
How to get back to routines?
Experts in parenting and education are clear that in summer children have to continue with their routines. Or, at least, with part of them. It is true that during the summer period they can go to bed later, they don’t have so much homework and the days are not full of activities. But in June it is advisable to establish a weekly schedule so that the child does not completely lose all that day-to-day life to which he or she is accustomed.
As we said, they relax a little, so the best way to recover them and for the return to school not to be so hard is to start with the routines a few days or weeks before starting.
As soon as you get back from holidays, you can start with bedtime and wake-up times, with mealtimes and you can even suggest some small activities to help them remember what they learnt during the last school year.
Adjustment period, be patient with your child
We are not forgetting the little ones who are starting school this year. The adaptation period can help them get started in what will be their day-to-day life for the next few years without too many fears.
Detaching from their families can be more complicated than for those who have already gone through the process, so one recommendation is that you gradually increase, over the weeks, the number of hours that the child spends at the centre with their teachers and classmates. In this way, they will adapt and the separation from their family will be less difficult.