Many children have loved being at home during the Covid lockdown. It has meant getting up later, not having to travel to and from school and being able to share lunch with family members. For some children, it has also meant no proper lessons or homework. Sounds like a result for those children, doesn’t it?
On the flip side, there are lots of things they’ve missed that are really beneficial. Fun things like playground shenanigans and social interaction with peers. They may also have missed having more structure, being taught by a teacher in the same room and seeing them in the flesh and proper classroom discussions. Many have also missed their independence away from home-life. I am sure there are more and these may be different for each child
Preparing Children to Go Back to School After Lock-Down
Most children have been at home for around 2-3 months now, so how do parents get them from the comfort of their own home/bedroom back to being at school? Try coaching them over the next few days so they can start to prepare for returning to school. Ask children how they feel about going back to school.
- What are they most looking forward to?
- What are they dreading?
- How can we lower the anxiety of the things they dread?
- How can they get back into the routine of getting up earlier, preparing for their school day, get them ready to get back on a bus or walk to school?
- What changes feel too big to deal with right now? How can we help them address each one? They may still be worried about Covid.
We need to be talking to children now about the return to school so they can start to make practical changes like going to bed earlier, setting their alarm to get up and getting their head into a good place for school.
There may be some hand-holding if your children are resistant to going back. Support them through the next few weeks, listen to their worries and set some time aside to address their fears. Be their coach and help them to find strategies and coping mechanisms to get back and adjusting to school life again.
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