Once summer vacation comes to an end, it’s time to reacquaint kids with school schedules. Though they may be reluctant to return to the classroom, taking these steps will go a long way to ensuring kids’ school year success:
Get medical checkups: Good physical, dental and mental health are essential for success in school. Schedule checkups at least two weeks before school starts so that any problems that may come to light can be resolved before classes begin.
Familiarize yourself with School info: As soon as your child’s school sends you information, read it to learn about your child’s teacher, room number, school supply requirements, sign ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities.
Get your calendar out: Or open it on your computer and note dates for back-to-school night, holidays and any other special activities related to school.
Make copies: Make copies of all your child’s health and emergency information for reference and take them to the school in person if possible.
Purchase school supplies: After ascertaining the classes your child will be taking, make a comprehensive list of all necessary supplies and take your child along to buy them. Keep receipts in case you need to return or exchange supplies later.
Set bedtimes and mealtimes: Such routines tend to go by the boards in summer, when daylight stretches on and children can sleep in the following morning. Re-establish routines at least a week before the start of school.
Tone down television watching: Kids may have gotten used to watching TV in the mornings, so begin encouraging them to read or work puzzles instead to get them more mentally prepared for school.
Visit the school: Meet the teachers, locating the classrooms, your child’s locker and the lunchroom. Call ahead for the best time to do these things, and take your child with you.
Buy school clothes: But curtail buying to essentials for now. Check with kids’ schools about dress codes to be sure your purchases fit the guidelines.
Designate a homework station: Younger children appreciate having an area designated for them to do their homework, one in which they can be supervised and ask for your help if necessary; give older kids the option of studying in their rooms.
Create parking spaces: Determine where kids will leave their backpacks, school lunch boxes and information sent home for you to see.
Freeze a easy dinners: These will come in handy during the first week of school, when you and your kids will both be caught up in their new routines.