Readjusting to Returning to School
Make bedtime 15-20 minutes early every night until you are back to the desired sleep schedule, instead of trying to do a jump of an hour or more all at once. Sleep is an essential building block for your child’s mental and physical health.
Make sure to get back into healthy eating habits as soon as possible. Cut the sweets/treats and have your meals at scheduled times of the day. Routine is important for children, and scheduling your meals together is a good opportunity for quality family time.
Goal setting for children is important because it gives them a sense of purpose that can improve their confidence and build their self-esteem. It also helps them focus and make better decisions.
Remind children of routines and expectations at home and school. Routines are important for children because they remove the anxiety associated with unpredictability from their day. Prepare them in advance for what to expect at school so that they can start their back to school days with positive energy and knowledge of what is to come.
Continue to Spend Quality Time
Make sure to set aside time outside of school hours to do something fun with your kids! This is will help them feel more comfortable being separated from you during the day, and in general, is just good for the whole family.
Cold Weather Safety
- Dress children in layers of warm clothing.
- Tuck scarves inside coats and jackets to prevent them from becoming strangulation hazards.
Keeping Healthy Outdoors
- Have children come indoors periodically to prevent hypothermia or frostbite. Frostnip is an early warning sign of frostbite. The skin may feel numb or tingly or appear red. To prevent frostbite, check that mittens and socks are dry and warm.
Staying Safe Indoors and In Vehicles
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and portable space heaters. Set up a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month. And install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector.
- Keeping everyone’s hands clean is one of the most important ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds.
- Teach children to cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve or elbow, not their hands.
Why Social-Emotional Development Matters?
Children’s Social and emotional health affects their overall development and learning. Research indicates that children who are mentally healthy tend to be happier, show a greater motivation to learn, have a more positive attitude toward school, more eagerly participate in-class activities, and demonstrate higher academic performance than less mentally healthy peers
(Hyson 2004, Kostelnik et al.2015)
Ways You Can Help:
- Establish Trusting Relationships
- Show Warmth and Affection Consistently
- Give Effective Praise
- Model Appropriate Behavior
Winter Sensory Activity
Edible Fake Snow
- 10 cups of flour
- 6oz of oil (vegetable or coconut)
Combine the flour and the oil until a crumbly mixture is formed. If you want a thicker consistency, add more oil, for a fluffier (and messier) texture add more flour.
How To Play With Your Sensory Container/Bowl:
Place the edible fake snow mixture in a sensory container/bowl. Add fun winter-themed items your kids will have fun playing with.