4 Tips to Ease the Transition to In-School Learning

It’s almost back-to-school season — again! As much of the country transitions to full-time in-person learning, we are busy stocking our shelves with all the school supplies you’ll need (and then some). Ensuring your kids have exactly what they need will not only keep them prepared for their lessons but will also help to mentally ready them for yet another transition in this most unusual year.

After time away from school, whether it is summer vacation or a much longer pandemic break, getting back into the classroom can be a little nerve-wracking for everyone. Having new notebooks, art supplies and backpacks can help kids get excited about a new in-person school routine.

For younger students, having their own set of crayons, scissors, and glue sticks can help them feel grown-up and responsible for their own belongings. For older students, new school supplies can help them feel a sense of refresh and healthy anticipation for new possibilities.

So, whether you’ve got your hands on an elementary or high school supply list, we’ve got you covered with tons of new school swag to ease students’ fears about starting up a new routine.

1. Supply Them with the “Staples”

Sure, we’ve got staples staples (and staplers), but browse the DollarDays site for other classic school supplies like notebooks and folders, three-ring binders, rulers, pencils, and erasers – all available in bulk quantities and phenomenal pricing.

DollarDays exclusive Forward backpacks are durable, practical, and come in an assortment of sizes, big enough to fit students’ needs, without weighing them down. With eight bright shades to choose from, there is one to suit every taste. With everything they need on their backs, students can feel confident from their first step into the corridor.

2. Help Them to See They Are Not Alone

According to a survey run by Recovery Village, 66% of school-aged children are anxious about returning to school after Covid. One way to help alleviate some of their fears is to remind them they are not alone.

If having the right supplies can ensure they feel prepared, then sharing their supplies can help them to feel more connected to their classmates. DollarDays wholesale items are perfect for giving and sharing with the entire classroom. This can be a fabulous opportunity for students who are a bit more shy or reluctant to interact with their peers.

Our new line of activity books can be especially helpful in alleviating fears and anxieties in kids. From coloring to mazes to word searches, these books are a useful tool to help kids overcome any worries they might have about returning to in-person learning. Not only are these activity books an effective way to remind kids that learning is fun, but coloring has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in kids.

For older students, we have a wide variety of journals and diaries that are also excellent for unpacking difficult emotions. Many kids find writing about their feelings in a private journal or diary is helpful to understanding their behavior.

3. Help Them Keep Some Control

A big part of anxiety in both children and adults can be the feeling that things are out of their control. The transition to in-person learning can amplify these feelings as students may be unsure what their new days will look like, who their classmates will be or how to navigate the lunchroom.

Giving them the opportunity to organize and choose their own binders is one small way to put control back in their hands. We love these labels for school supplies that allow kids to organize their materials in the way that makes the most sense for them.

For kids who might just be a bit nervous to be back in a crowded classroom, don’t forget tissues and hand sanitizer. Arming kids with these supplies is another great way to put them back in the driver’s seat.

4. Unlock the Power of Giving Back

Giving back to the community is an excellent way of fostering a sense of gratitude in kids. Studies show that gratitude can in fact, be a powerful antidote to rising anxiety. Organize a service day with your kids by giving supplies to schools or families in need. Your kids will feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and better understand the power of helping others.

We’ve made it easier than ever with these convenient and comprehensive school supply kits with tons of options for different needs. Choose from our packed 52 piece deluxe supply kit or something more modest like our basic pencil pouch kit (with plenty of choices in between).

Rest assured, once kids get back into the swing of things, they’ll likely adjust quickly and forget all these initial worries… until next year!

Check out these other helpful posts on students and education:

Kid’s PPE for School

The Big Deal about Big Box™ School Supplies

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