There are nine things I recommend you include in a school success schedule.
So, why does your child need a schedule?
WHY CREATE A SCHOOL SUCCESS SCHEDULE?
The main reason to set up a school success schedule is to counteract unpredictability and be active in controlling what you can.
It can be a huge help in managing school anxiety.
Going through this process helps everyone in the family, particularly your child, know what to expect. This predictability will help with easing the stress associated with starting a new school year.
When your child starts school for the first time, (or even for the 10th time) there is a shift in routine. From holiday rhythm to school structure. This is a huge change and can be a source of stress for parents and children.
There are also a huge number of questions that need answers. Who is doing drop offs, pick ups? What time do we need to get up, go to bed? When do we prepare lunches? What activities are scheduled for after school? Is that too much, too little? Reading? Bath or shower in the morning or at night? How much time people have in the morning really varies. Does your child naturally wake early or late? Is there a commute to school? Do they have a bus to catch? What if they don't want to wear the school uniform? What if the school uniform is too itchy?
The aim is for your child to get to school on time and to get home from school, safely.
How this happens is flexible.
There are no right or wrong answers to many of these questions. But like most things, open communication means people are less likely to argue based on assumptions or lack of information.
WHAT DO YOU PUT IN A SCHOOL SUCCESS SCHEDULE?
If you want your child to thrive here are 9 things that may help.
The aim is for your child to get to school on time and to get home from school, safely. How this happens is flexible.
NINE STEPS TO A SCHOOL SUCCESS SCHEDULE
As you can see, this is really a non-schedule schedule. Lots of free time to allow for relaxation, movement and creativity, with enough structure to provide predictability and regular parent-child interaction.
These are the things that make a wonderful schedule.
Your child will spend about 13 years in the education system (not including pre school).
If your child struggles with school, or you're just about to enter the school system book a consultation and I can help guide you through the tricky bits of your child's educational journey and set up your own School Success Schedule.
If you prefer to learn on your own time, the Secrets of School Success online self-paced program is opening soon.
Until next time, take care of yourself
Updated 19th July 2023
* These articles are provided by Kim Ross, Psychologist for general information and education . They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Ross is an Online Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Private Practice Sustainability.