It’s school time again! Wednesday, September 5th Sial students went back to school. Welcome back!
From early on in the day, a sea of blue bags crowded the area in front of the school.
There were many smiling faces and hugs after an entire summer away and parents and carers excited for their children’s first day of school.
Then the doors of the school opened and the Head Teachers welcomed the students.
Going back to school can make children excited and nervous at the same time. They’re probably feeling sad that Summer is over. Some feel nervous or a little scared for the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and especially if it’s a new school.
The first few days may be not too easy for some children, so we asked Eleonora Strangis, our Well-being supervisor, for some advice to help them to face the first days after going back to school.
A good way to go back to school with serenity and joy, reducing stress, is to prepare the children gradually.
During the Summer, children spend much more time with family and friends and so they have lots of free time.
For this reason, I recommend that parents and carers spend quality time with their children as much as possible during these first first days.
Encouraging play and listening, you will be able to reduce any anxiety caused by the separation. This will help to slowly reintroduce routine and time for study, while still maintaining some pleasant activities to do together. Like, for example, going to the park or getting an ice-cream with friends.
I also suggest to reintroducing more regular hours and routines a few days before going back to school, thus avoiding a drastic change for the students.
Finally, I suggest preparing their backpack with your children, even if they are old enough to do by themselves, so that they can better understand that going back to school is close. I also suggest to let them prepare with some books and notebooks.