Preparing kids for school now will help later

Published: Aug. 9, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

CAROLINA FOREST, SC(WMBF) Childcare professionals say parents need to prepare their kids now for school to have an easy transition once the school bell rings.

"Kids are in summer mode right now and school is the last thing on their minds. They do not want to go back, but to get them prepared is the parents' job and it can be a smooth transition," said Amy Garcia, director at Princeton South Academy in Carolina Forest.

Most schools in the Palmetto State open their doors within the next few weeks, and experts say not preparing children early for the adjustment can create added stress for both parents and students.

Garcia says step one is to introduce children to the school sleep schedule as soon as possible.

She says it's also a good idea to prepare students mentally by encouraging reading along with educational activities.

Although many parents acknowledge a little bit of extra time goes along way many say they still procrastinate.

"We'll wait 'til the last minute. You know come Sunday night before school starts we'll say alright everybody go to bed at 9 when they've been used to going to bed much later," said mom Jennifer Yurachek.

That can cause problems at home and in the classroom.

"It will trickle down into the teachers. You're going to have tired kids, which equal cranky kids. They're not going to be alert. They're not going to retain the information that they need to retain," said Garcia.

Copyright 2011 WMBF News. All rights reserved.