It is interesting how the same event can bring such different reactions. For the parents, the start of the school year brings a sense of relief that the kids will finally be out of the house and that we can go back to regular working schedules. For the students though, the start of the school year often brings a sense of despair that summer is nearly over. The start of the school year can also bring a sense of nervousness, especially for students who are starting new schools or are entering new classes.
As I write this blog, my students are here in our dining room, packing their bags and checking off the supply lists to make sure they have everything they need. Looking at their faces is making me depressed! You would think that there was some terrible tragedy that struck my family. Luckily of course, the only “tragedy” is the realization that in another three days, vacation will be over. Thinking back to my own childhood, I guess it would be fair to say that I also had the same feeling of despair and hopelessness that my own children have right now. This got me thinking… Why is starting school so bad? There are a lot of worse places we could be sending our kids. In school, they actually get to see their friends, play sports, participate in activities, etc. If it were not for the learning and the homework, school may actually be a fun place.
So, how can we help our kids look on the bright side, and realize that the next 10 months will not be as horrible as they expect?
While we all know that school will never as enjoyable as summer vacation, we can help our children to enjoy their academic year, and to grow both as students and as people. The more support that we can give our children at home, the more confident they will feel, and the more they will try to succeed.
School does not only have to be about books and homework. We can help our children see that school can in fact be, both productive and enjoyable. So, by this time, the bags are packed and the looks of gloom on my kids’ faces have settled into the realization that school is coming. I know that with the right encouragement and support, my kids will have a great school experience.
Here’s to a great school year!