It’s bitter sweet for most families thinking about going back to school. On the one hand, it’s nice to get back into a routine with your kids, but on the other hand, it’s sad to see the carefree days of summer come to an end. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 tips to get your kids (and you!) ready for school!
Here are 10 back to school tips to kick-start the new year and get you prepared for a fresh start.
- Get back to a regular sleep routine. Start to get up earlier in the morning and reign in any late nights. Have your child practice getting back into the rhythm of their daily school routine. You can do this by having them wake up at the same time every day, and eat around the same time they would at school.
- Stock up on school supplies. Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him or her feel prepared. Allow them to pick out their own backpack, lunch bag/box, etc. so they are confident with their new supplies.
- Turn off the TV and video games. For many kids, summer is a time to indulge in hours upon hours in front of a screen. Start now and get your kids outside, or reading a book. This will help with the transition back into a structured learning environment.
- Check the state of your kids shoes and gym shoes. Do they still fit? Do they need indoor and outdoor shoes? If they need new shoes, take a trip with them to the shoe store and pick out a pair or two they will love to wear!
- Check out the school. If you haven’t already and if the school welcomes the practice, make a visit to the new school to meet your child’s teacher. If this doesn’t work with your schedule, arrange for a relative or neighbor whose child attends the same school to take your child before the official school year begins.
- Make an after school game plan. Make a plan for where your child will go after school lets out for the day. Depending upon the age of your child, figure out if they will go to a neighbor’s house, an after school program, or be allowed to stay home by themselves. This will help eliminate any confusion during the first few weeks.
- Establish an emergency plan. We all know it is difficult to find care if a child is sick. It’s a good idea to have back-up care ready in case you get a call from the school that your child is sick.
- Book an appointment for your child’s annual check up. This is a good opportunity to check that everyone’s up-to-date with vaccinations, and that your child receives any medical supplies or certificates they might need for school.
- Prepare a study area or homework station. Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family. Show interest and praise your child’s work.
- Make healthy meals. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Learn how to create easy lunches for kids here.
Through preparation and organization, you can ensure that your child will have a smooth transition to the start of the new school year!