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Back to school resources for early learners

The 2021-22 school year is finally here! With all Kentucky schools returning to in-person learning, some children may need an extra boost of confidence as they enter the classroom this fall. Explore these PBS and KET resources to help get your child ready for the new school year:With the return to the classroom may come anxiety. It’s normal for children of all ages to have some worries about going back to school, especially after so much time spent learning from home. The good news is PBS Parents enlisted the help of a child and adolescent psychotherapist to provide signs to look out for and tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.  

  • During the pandemic, children were away from their friends, peers, and teachers. A year and a half is a long time for a child to go without this basic social connection. Even some adults have struggled with socializing after forgoing it for safety’s sake. This article has tips on helping children to make friends and build social resilience. 
  • Use this back-to-school checklist to help children prepare and know what to expect when they enter school. Have children practice these skills now so they are comfortable and confident for the first day of school. 
  • Entering preschool is a big step in any family! Listening to your child, collaborating with their teacher and being flexible are key to a great first year. This article will guide you as you prepare your child for what to expect as they enter preschool.  
  • Get children excited about entering school with this collection of back-to-school games from PBS KIDS. Learn to be a classroom helper with Daniel Tiger or take a trip to the cafeteria with Arthur. All of these games will help prepare children with the skills needed to succeed in school.