The foundation of anything is the beginning and what is required for something to be long lasting. Think of a house, the foundation is the beginning and most important part to a strong, lasting, and beautiful house. The foundation goes deep and far underground to provide a firm place in which to build. The foundation of anything is the essential part to making something lasting so it requires our attention and dedication. The beginning of school for your child(ren) is a foundation that can provide a solid and successful educational future.
It’s back to school season and many children are starting school for the first time. A new year can be a time for new beginnings. Each year of your child’s education builds on the previous year, each one laying a foundation either positive or negative. As parents you have a significant role to play in providing a strong foundation at home for your children to build upon at school. A strong home routine with clear and set boundaries provides for a positive learning experience. Home and school are interconnected and can be a key to lasting success.
There are important foundational skills and routines that are the beginnings for your child’s future. Consistent routines are essential to child development, as are sleep, and healthy eating habits. Strong family bonds that provide for loving experiences allow for a solid transition to school. Set routines and be consistent as much as possible. Make a routine for the morning, bath rime, bedtime, and transitions. Some children need time prompts when a new thing is about to happen. Let your child know what to expect when, this lessens fear and anxiety. Remain calm yourself as much as possible. Children are perceptive, they can tell when you are worried or anxious.
The foundation of a house provides the stability it needs. Providing routines, consistency, and a loving home environment provide the foundational stability a child needs to be successful. Children thrive on routines, this helps them feel secure in their environment and helps them adjust to new situations. Routines help children grow and succeed. As a new school year begins start laying the foundation for success by creating strong routines and healthy habits. Implement a special time to read and play with your child and take time to connect each day. The bonds created will help create security. Provide a drop off routine for school or other activities your child attends. Keep it simple but be sure to use it each time you drop off. Start laying a firm foundation now so your child will flourish and succeed!