It’s Back to School Time!

Back to School

It’s that time of year again: back to school! The sales are on, so every parent and guardian is prepping for the back to school rush – but are your kids? Summer feels as if it lasts an eternity when you’re a kid, so learning that you may have to go back to school, or start going, can come as a bit of a shock to some children. There are some fun ways to help prep kids for the new school year to get them excited. 

Get Back Into Your Routine
Getting kids ready for school takes some preparation. You’ll need to get the kids up on time, have them dressed, their backpacks and lunches packed, and have them out the door and in the car or on the bus when the time calls for it. Jumping right into this school routine can be a bit of a shock for both kids and parents so getting a head start can help you both ease into things. Not only will this make your back to school schedule easier to adjust to, but it will also help everything go over much more smoothly, too.

Get Their Minds in Gear
Introducing educational activities and games can help get kids back into learning mode. Ideally, kids should be exposed to these kinds of activities regularly throughout the summer so that they stay up to speed, but introducing it more so towards the end of the summer can help get kids back into the mindset they’ll need for the classroom.

Visit an Open House
Some pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary school grades hold open house events for kids, parents and teachers. These get-togethers allow everyone to get to know each other. As a parent, you’ll meet your kids’ teachers and their classmates’ parents. For kids, they’ll see what their classroom will be like and who they might be friends with this year. These preliminary meetings also allow you and your kids to get a taste of what their curriculum will be like for the year. Seeing their classmates and their teacher can help get kids ready for when school will actually start, and you can begin brushing up on topics that might have been covered in the open house if you want to help give your child a head start. 

Personalized School Books

Give Them Some Reading Material
Reading has been known to help kids adjust to many different types of situations, and school just happens to be one of them. Get your child a personalized book like the ones from KD Novelties so they can better imagine themselves at school once it starts. Personalized School Books like “My First Day at School” and “School is Fun” can help get any child back in the spirit to learn. When they see their names as part of the story, kids will get excited to find out what happens next and read through to the end. Reading is a great thing for kids to do in general. It is important that you make sure that your child keeps up with their reading level over the summer so that they won’t fall behind.

There are other books to consider, too, like “My School Fun Book” and “Personalized for Pre-School” which are more geared toward activities that can help kids get used to doing classwork. Introducing kids to their coursework in a fun way can help get them excited to start school, whether they are starting for the first time or returning after a long, fun-filled summer.

What to Do When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

Refusal to go to school

It can be difficult dealing with a child that just does not want to go to school. Change in routine, atmosphere and the people around them can be disconcerting and scary for them to handle all at once. This sort of big change can be scary for them and they can see the act of going to school as a negative thing. They may call school boring, saying that they don’t like their teachers, or that they don’t like the other children in class simply because its all new to them. The problem usually starts at the start of a new year for example making the transition to a new school.  An illness or the loss of a family member may also set off school refusal.  The goal is to find out why the refusal is happening to the child. Just how many children are affected is still unclear with estimates varying from 5% to 28%.  According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, this problem usually occurs in children ages 5 to 6, and again between the ages of 10 and 11.

If you are having a hard time convincing your kids to give school a try, there are some ways to do so without driving yourself crazy.

When children refuse to go to school

Presenting your child with a personalized book on the subject can easily help ease them into approaching the subject as well as encouraging them to give school a chance. “School is Fun” is a personalized story from KD Novelties that places your child in school and has them solving a mystery with their new classmates. Showing kids that school does not have to be boring or scary can help them get excited to go to school for real. Personalized books for kids on a subject that they are trying to deal with in real life has shown to help motivate kids and instill them with the confidence they need to overcome their obstacles. For instance, studies have shown that presenting a child with a book on potty training while they are learning to do so can help motivate them to keep trying and inspires them to solve their problems on their own.

 Another option is to set up a goal and reward system. If they do not wish to go to school because it is new and they have not gone yet, it can be difficult to convince them to just give it a try, but by giving them a goal and promising a reward or a treat, they might be more willing to give it a try. With this sort of incentive, kids are more likely to be willing to give school a try and be on their best behavior. During this time period, they may even grow so accustomed to school as a routine, especially after a week or two, that they may not need another incentive.

Lastly if the reward system does not work reach out to professionals for help.  Treatment providers working with kids who have school refusal will often use cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps kids learn to manage their anxious thoughts and face their fears. With therapy kids can get the chance to see that they can attend school without anxiety or fear.

Back to School Giveaway

Back to School Giveaway with Personalized Book
School is just around the corner for some and already here for others. No matter where school lies in your schedule, prepping for this time of year can stress out any parent, kid and family in general. It is a hectic time of changing schedules, new routines, and of course making sure that you have all of the necessary supplies to meet the new academic year with total success. KD Novelties is here with a Back to School Giveaway that is sure to get any kid excited and put any parent at ease.
KD Novelties back to school giveaway is a great way to kick off a new year. The special offer includes your choice of a brand new backpack, some school supplies (including pencils, notebooks, ruler and other traditional back to school staples) and a fun back to school personalized book. This year, the personalized book included is School is Fun
It is common for kids to feel apprehensive about starting a new school year, whether they are first timers or not. A new year means new teachers, new friends and new things to learn. “School is Fun personalized book” can help get any kid in the right mindset to be excited for school. A personalized book where they are the main character and the star can help ease them into this transition, making school seem less scary and more fun!

Even if you’ve already begun the back to school haul, an extra backpack and supplies can definitely come in handy and help you and your child feel even more prepared for the year ahead. Take part in our special giveawaytoday!