The questions were everywhere.
“Excited about back to school?”
“What grade are you in now?”
“Who is your teacher?” “Are there friends in your classes?”
Through the summer, we hear every iteration of back to school question. Kids spend such a huge portion of their time in school that it’s understandably one of the first things they get asked about.
Most of these questions are answered with “I don’t know yet.” Think about that. I don’t know yet.
School is such a big part of their lives. And these questions – the things they don’t know yet. It’s most of it. Most of the things about the upcoming school year are things they don’t know yet, especially a new school — or starting school for the first time!
A Game To Talk Through It
Getting children to talk about what’s bothering them can be tough. Playing a game with them? That’s easy!
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There are lots of ways to play I Spy. The way that works best for us, when I want to give them a way to talk about back to school anxiety without adding to it, is to simply sit down and play with them.
We look at the bottom of the page, and talk through it. What’s pictured, what are the items used for, what’s fun about them. On this game, we talked about how my kids think tape is the most fun craft supply ever, how my oldest son wants a new lunchbox, and whether anyone knows where our big eraser is.
We then take turns choosing an item to count, and finding them all on the page.
As we go through the objects, we talk naturally about school – what I felt about school, what they are expecting, hoping, worrying about. But this way it’s natural – not them feeling the pressure to answer or being reminded about all the uncertainty. Just kids, playing a game — exactly what I want them doing this summer!