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Editorial: New year looms for School District 47 students

Readiness encompasses physical needs and emotional preparedness
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Henderson Elementary School.

As summer draws to a close, the excitement and anticipation of a new school year looms for School District 47 students.

This is a time of fresh beginnings at Brooks Secondary School and all local elementary schools. Getting children ready involves more than just shopping for supplies; practical preparations and emotional readiness are required, too.

Establishing a structured routine before the school year begins can help children adapt smoothly to the new schedule. Gradually adjusting sleep patterns and reintroducing regular meal times can prevent the shock of sudden change. Engaging in educational activities prior to returning to school, such as reading, can help reignite the learning mindset, making the transition less abrupt.

Addressing anxieties or concerns is crucial. Conversations intiated by parents, grandparents and guardians about attending school can provide an avenue for children to express their feelings and apprehensions. Reassurance and active listening can alleviate worries and build confidence.

Fostering a positive attitude toward learning can greatly impact a child’s enthusiasm. Positive framing can cultivate a sense of curiosity and anticipation.

Involving children in the preparation process, such as selecting school supplies and organizing study spaces, can instill a sense of responsibility and ownership in their education. This can lead to increased engagement and motivation throughout the year.

Readiness encompasses physical needs and emotional preparedness. Nurturing routines, addressing concerns, fostering positivity and involving children in the process paves the way for successful academic journeys.