By following a few back to school tips, your child will have time to adjust to their new schedule, classroom, and teachers. Remind them that it is okay to feel a little nervous about the first day of school, but that it will be fun once they get into the routine. After all, we want our kids to like school, so we can raise a smart kid.
Talk about the positive things about going back to school. For instance, they will get to see old friends, pick out school supplies, and meet new classmates. They will have an opportunity to get involved in sports and other activities, and of course, they get to go shopping for new clothes.
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Get Your Kids Ready With These Back To School Tips:
Back To School Tips #1: Transition your child into a consistent routine at least a couple of weeks before school starts. This will help ease the discomfort of moving from a summer schedule to a school schedule.
Set a reasonable bedtime hour. This will help your child get into a routine and ensure that they are getting the proper rest they need to be well-rested and ready to learn.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Kids are more alert and ready to learn when they have a good breakfast.
Set out clothes for the next day, so your child can get used to the routine. Not only will this save time and frustration, but your kids may get to sleep in a few extra minutes!
Back To School Tips #2: Make sure your kids are mentally and physically healthy. Schedule dentist and doctor appointments prior to school starting. Discuss any concerns you have with your child’s emotional or physical development with your pediatrician. Your doctor can help determine if your concerns are normal, age-appropriate issues or require further assessment. Make sure that your child is up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Back To School Tips #3: Shopping for back-to-school clothes makes the transition easier for most kids because it can be fun. Summer clothes are usually fine, so don’t get too carried away with thinking that you need everything to be brand new. A sturdy pairs of shoes is essential, especially for younger children. You should check with your school for any dress code guidelines such as length of shorts and skirts, halter tops, spaghetti straps, low rise pants, and designs and language on t-shirts.
Back To School Tips #4: Determine if your child will be taking the bus to school, walking to school, or will be dropped off at school by you. If your child is taking the bus to school, be sure to talk about school bus safety. Walk the route to the bus stop with your child. Instruct them on how to properly cross the street and where to safely stand until the bus comes to a complete stop, and the stop sign is raised.
Back To School Tips #5: Practice organization and planning skills.
- Practice organizing homework and books by putting them in their backpack by the door (or any location that they can remember). Have your child help you find a spot for their lunchbox, backpack, and any correspondence from the school.
- Practice using a wall calendar or personal planner to record due dates on assignments, events, test dates, and extracurricular activities, practices, and rehearsals.
- Write down helpful information such as their locker combination, their daily schedule including what time classes start and what time lunch starts and ends. At least initially, write down their homeroom and classroom numbers, their teachers’ name and where they need to meet to get on the bus after school.
By following a few of these back to school tips, your child will be off to a great start. They will be better prepared, and have a more positive attitude. They will be more confident and perform better socially and academically. The transition to a new school year can be stressful for the entire family. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the increased number of activities and structure.