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Back to the School

It's already time to go back to school. With each new school year, children are introduced to new skills and concepts to build on from the previous year. Although it may seem difficult to get back into a school routine, especially if the new year might seem intimidating to your children, it's not impossible. We have put together a list of some super cool and easy to do activities that not only help with introducing and teaching certain concepts to children, but also help them get better prepared for school.


1. Counting and adding (with pencils)

This activity is a fun and basic activity to do with your children, to help them practice their counting and addition skills. The new school years usually means back to school shopping. You can use this as an opportunity to get all their supplies together, while getting them excited about how they can already start utilizing them.

Things you will need:

-A pack of pencils

-Some paper

- A marker

(optional: tape)


Start off by gathering all of your children's pencils. It can help if they have different designs on them. Next, grab a couple sheets of paper. Finally, find a large work area.



- If the children are younger, and just being introduced to their numbers, have them practice counting with the pencils one by one. You can give them a handful of pencils, and ask how many they have altogether. We recommend counting to at least 5-8.



- Once they get those numbers down, you can start to count the pencils separately. You can use tape to hold down each pencil going in order; (one pencil for "one", two for "two" and so on.)



- For older children, using a marker, have them try to write out their numbers in order. We recommend having them count to at least 10-15 if they know how.


- Next, pick a number, and have them count out that number with pencils. This helps them to have a visual of the number



-Once they have their numbers down, have them practice their addition. Use a sheet of paper and place a certain number of pencils on two sides. In the middle with a marker write a plus sign, and then an equal sign at the end. Your children can practice adding with this method by placing more pencils of the sum that they got, or even moving pencils from one side counting them altogether on the other side.


2. School vocab (younger kids)

If you have younger children who are jut starting school, and you are worried about them grasping their vocabulary, here is a helpful activity. All you will need is a small dry erase board, as well as markers. Everyday before and after school, pick 1-3 words to go over. This can include words that are already included in their homework, readings and lessons, or something they have observed during the day. This can also help in explaining words that they may periodically ask the definition for. Once you have picked out your certain words, write them out on the board. Go over how to sound out the word, and it's spelling. Afterwards, ask them if they have an idea of what the word means, as well as providing a basic and clear definition. You can even have them draw out the word if that helps to remember as well. If they have trouble grasping the word, you can make it the word of the week instead of day. Make it into a game of whether they can use the word in a sentence, or if they can with practice spelling it on their own. Eventually, they will have picked up new words that they know and understand, as well as build onto their previous vocabulary.


3. Construction paper school

This is a fun hands on activity, that involves children building their own paper school. If your children are nervous about attending a new school, or uncomfortable with the idea of having a new class, this activity can help them to get familiar with their new surroundings.


Things you will need:

-Construction paper (multiple colors)

-markers

-tape or glue


Start off with talking to your children about their school. If they are still attending the same school, ask them about describing their school and what it looks like. If they are attending a new school, try to see if you can visit the school and see where their class will be. If they are just changing classes, have them try to describe their other classes.



- Pay attention to certain places such as where the bathrooms are located, the art, music and computer rooms, and the lunch room. After they are finished describing the school start having them make their own.



- If they are younger, and just starting school, you can ask them to make their own idea of school. They do not have to pay attention to detail, so much as grasping the idea of what their new environment is. You can also make it a game by having them build their school, and then asking them when school starts, to pay attention to see what the school has, and where it's located. When they get home, they can have a better idea about their school, and be excited about all the different things they saw and interacted with.