Lianna Wilson, MA, and Sarah Straus, MS
As the summer comes to a close and school is getting back into session, here are a couple quick reminders to help make the transition from the beach to the classroom easier for you and your child.
Validation: Let your child know that his nervous or apprehensive feelings about the start of school are normal. All kids (and adults!) have a hard time getting back into the routine of the school year. The knowledge that he is not alone in this experience will help your child feel he’s being heard and understood.
Homework: Another transition that can be rough after a summer break is homework completion. Like the morning routine, providing your child with a structured schedule can help him stay focused and motivated. Completing homework as soon as school is over and with continuous parental support will take advantage of the daylight hours and provide encouragement, motivation, and assistance when needed. Snacks are a great way to keep your child’s energy up while he works through those tough math problems. Of course, some children have active schedules, with team sports, music classes, or afterschool clubs, which can make engaging in homework more difficult. Letting your child know that you understand the hard work he is putting in and being ready with frequent positive feedback for his effort can help motivate him to get homework done.
Morning Routines: A common change that occurs as we begin the school year is a new morning routine. To help your child be successful, discuss what her morning routine will look like during the school year. This way, your child knows what will be happening and has clear expectations that are valuable to her under the time pressure of getting ready for school. Provide your child with simple, well-defined, and easy steps for her routine so that she has a clear idea of what you expect and so that it’s easy to follow along with you! Having an easy-to-reference schedule, maybe with pictures, can engage your child and provide a wonderful visual guide for what she needs to do next. Giving specific praise when she completes each lets her know that you love what you’re seeing. This will increase your child’s chances of success in the future, and helps build her self-esteem.
Bedtime: Bedtime is one of the hardest transitions. Children may be accustomed to going to sleep later and/or waking up later during the summer, so the new school schedule can be difficult to get acclimated to. As with the morning routine, having a nighttime schedule can assist in creating a structure for your child. Set your child up for success with clear expectations, simple step-by-step instructions, and praise at the completion of each step. Additionally, visual reminders can help your child have something to refer to as she goes about her routine. Most kids want more time watching their favorite TV show or finishing that last level of a videogame, and setting time limits can be a great way to put a boundary around the winding down time that they need each evening.
This list was compiled by Family Education‘s Jennifer Caffelle. She says: “The beginning of a school year can be stressful for kids and parents alike. New teachers, new environments, long days, adjusting to new routines, and getting back into important habits can all feel overwhelming. Ease some of the stress with these kids’ school jokes that will help everyone crack a smile.
You could easily turn jokes into a printable and add it to your kid’s lunch box to help brighten their day. Share a joke while getting ready in the morning, or save it for around the dinner table at night to help ease tension and lighten the mood. From Kindergarten to High School, these 50 jokes are a great starting point, and before you know it swapping jokes may become something everyone looks forward to.”
- On the first day of school, what did the teacher say her three favorite words were?
June, July, and August
- Why did the echo get detention the first day?
It kept answering back
- Why was the cafeteria clock behind on the first day?
It kept going back four seconds
- What is a snake’s favorite subject?
- What did the Buffalo say at school drop-off?
- Why do calculators make great friends?
You can count on them
- What did the triangle say to the circle?
- Why does the math book always look sad?
They are full of problems
- What’s the difference between a teacher and a train?
One says “spit out that gum!” the other says “chew, chew, chew”
- Where does a surfer go to school?
- What is a math teacher’s favorite dessert?
- Why does a music teacher need a ladder?
To reach the high notes
- What did the math book say to the history book?
Boy, I’m full of problems
- Where do kids in New York learn multiplication tables?
- What did the pen say to the pencil?
What’s your point?
What kind of meals do math teachers eat?
Why did the teacher marry the janitor?
Because he swept her off her feet
Why did the kid eat his homework?
Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake
Where do pencils go on vacation?
What room can a student never enter?
What does a book do when it gets cold?
It puts on a jacket
Why is glue bad at math?
It always gets stuck on the problems
Why did the kid cross the playground?
To get to the other slide
Children in what grade have the greenest thumbs?
Why did the teacher jump into the pool?
He wanted to test the water
What is the smartest bug?
A spelling bee
What did the spider make online?
What flies around the school at night?
Why can’t you do a math test in the jungle?
Because there are too many cheetahs
What did the bully have for lunch?
A knuckle sandwich
What do librarians take with them when they go fishing?
Why did the M&M go to school?
Because it really wanted to be a smartie
Why didn’t the sun go to college?
Because it already had a million degrees
Why does a teacher wear sunglasses?
Because her students are so bright
What’s the king of school supplies?
Why is history the sweetest subject?
Because it’s full of dates
Why did the boy steal a chair from the classroom?
Because the teacher told him to take a seat
What happened when the teacher tied all the kid’s shoelaces together?
They had a big class trip
How do you make seven even?
Take away the ‘s’
Why can’t pirates learn the alphabet?
They keep getting lost at C
Why don’t fish go on vacation?
Because they’re always in a school
Why can’t a nose be 12 inches long?
Because then it would be a foot
What do you get when you cross a teacher with a calculator?
Someone you can always count on
Why did the kid study on an airplane?
He wanted a higher education
Why did the square and triangle go to the gym?
To stay in shape
What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?
A synonym roll
What did the ghost teacher say to his class?
Watch the board, and I’ll go through it again
Why did the student bring scissors to school?
Because he wanted to cut class
What do you call a student with a dictionary in his pocket?
How did the music teacher get locked out of her classroom?
Her keys were on the piano