Crack the Back to School routine – Commando Joe’s style
IT’S a new school year! And with over 300 schools on board across the country, here at Commando Joe’s we go big when it comes to going Back To School. Just like the hundreds of pupils we are looking forward to working with this term, our instructors have got their new kit, new equipment and some of them are starting at a whole new school.
We know it can be a tough time for families, especially if children are starting at a new school or facing a particularly challenging school year. But our Commando Joes and Janes are ready and waiting to support all the pupils we work with, whatever their worries about the year ahead.
And if there’s one thing our instructors have got buckets of, it’s Positive Mental Attitude. So, we thought we would share our top tips for getting motivated, getting inspired and getting back in to the school routine….
Look the part
Appearance is by no means everything, but getting your child kitted out with the correct uniform and encouraging them to take pride in their appearance can make a huge difference to their mental attitude.
A smart pair of shoes, tucked-in shirt and all the right kit in their bag will help them to feel focused and ready to face the day – just ask any of our Commando Joes or Janes!
Feeling nervous about the new school year is completely normal, but make sure your child knows they can open up to you about any worries they may have.
They probably can’t imagine you were ever in their shoes, so why not share a story about your own first day at school to remind them it’s something we all go through?
Start the day with the right fuel
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but you might not realise the huge impact it can have on learning. Many of our Commando Joes and Janes join in with school breakfast clubs and they always make sure they’ve eaten enough to keep going all day!
Feed your child’s brain before school with some healthy and filling options like eggs, porridge, brown toast, fruit or yoghurt.
If they deserve a treat – and you’ve got the time – some homemade pancakes or waffles now and again will ensure they set off for school with a smile.
Set short-term goals
Goal-setting may sound like a ‘grown-up’ activity but it can have huge benefits on your child’s outlook on school.
They might only be able to think as far ahead as tomorrow’s homework, so start with small targets. What about talking to a classmate they don’t know yet, practising their best handwriting for a whole day, or playing a new game at lunchtime?
This also helps them to ‘get in the zone’, as they’re visualising being at school before they even walk through the gates.
Remind them they’re not alone
Making friends can be one of the most intimidating things about starting school. It always seems tough at the beginning, but remind your child that lots (if not all) of their classmates are in the same boat.
Allowing them to invite a friend home for tea early on in the school year can boost their confidence and help them feel as though they have an ally. And, of course, our CJ instructors are always on hand to help pupils build up the courage to make those first steps.
Come half-term, they’ll probably have more friends than they know what to do with.
Good luck to all new starters this year. Your Commando Joe or Commando Jane would love to hear how you’re getting on, so be sure to stop and say hello next time you spot them in the corridor.
Tweet us @CommandoJoes with your back to school stories.