Teacher’s Tips for Beating the Back-to-School Blues

Two Hudson Falls Teachers Offer Advice for Parents

According to the National Retail Federation, American parents will spend nearly $30 billion to get their little ones ready for school this year. But after the supplies are purchased and school clothes laid out, are parents really ready? Hudson Falls Teachers Rebecca Britten and Shannon Fox work in our Kindergarten Center, and see many parents sending their children to school for the first time. Here are three ways they say parents can help ease the transition for their children:

Share your own school memories

Pre-Kindergarten teacher Rebecca Britten says it’s important to talk. She advises parents to sit down with their child and tell them a fun school memory they remember.  How old they were and why it’s still in your fun memories today.  This may open up your child to talk to you more about their fun school memories and/or events that may happen in their upcoming school year. 

Two good things, one bad

Shannon Fox has a tradition that’s served her family and her classroom well. She says each night, at the dinner table ask your child two things they liked about their school day and one thing they would change. She said it’s worked for her children from Pre K to now a Freshman in high school

Let kids be kids

Both teachers said it’s important for kids to do what comes naturally. That means lots of time for play, and physical activities after school’s out. Fox says another strategy is a simple one. Read a book every night, and talk about the things that make the book tick, like the author/illustrators, and how the storyline goes, or how the child would change the ending.

“The most important thing is to communicate, at any age,” said Hudson Falls Pre-K Teacher Rebecca Britten. “Why not open those doors before your child steps out in the world.”
And it’s not just talking around the kitchen table. “You know your children best, so you are their voice,” said Hudson Falls Kindergarten Teacher Shannon Fox. “Always keep an open line of communication with their teacher, and school at large. Stay involved!”