Getting ready to go back to school

If you have kids, late July, August and early September represents over summer ending, cooler weather and fall foliage. School begins one time again for millions of kids across the country. Getting your kid prepared, irrespective of whether they are in Kindergarten or a senior in high school, is a must. Here are some tips to make the transition from several weeks of summer fun to school days and home work simpler.

  • About a week before school starts, have your kids go to bed at the time they will when school begins. Set their alarm or wake them up early. It’s difficult for some kids to fine-tune to going to bed and getting up earlier after having a whole summer of sleeping in or staying up late. Lots of young kids need to be on a schedule and preparing a week or so earlier will pay off, in case you have a night owl or late sleeper.
  • In case you have a school supply list (lots of school districts post them on their net site or hand them out the last day of school), buy the supplies early. For the kid who is not organized, this is a great way to start the school year off on the right foot. Label everything and get the backpacks prepared the night before school starts. Buy some additional supplies to keep at home if your kid is to lose or forget their pencils or markers at school. They will probably need some basic supplies for home work time. Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down to do home work and discovering the basics are missing.
  • In case you have a Kindergartener, walk to school or days before school begins (or drive in the event that they take a bus or you will be driving them). This helps acquaint them with what they will actually be doing that first day and can work wonders for assuaging the first-day jitters. If your kid is anxious, ask in case you can let them visit their new classroom for a couple of minutes the day before school starts. Lots of principals will let the Kindergarteners come to the campus prior to school beginning.

Regardless of the age and grade of your kids, stay involved. Volunteering on any level, whether it be reading tales to your simple aged child’s second grade class, helping in the computer lab in middle school, or being on a committee for peer counselling in high school, it is important to know what is happening at the place your kids spend a huge part of their week. With so lots of parents working, lots of Parent Teacher Associations have their meetings in the evening, so more parents can attend. There’s activities that need volunteers that do not involve daytime hours such as calling parents in the evening for a fundraiser or something like that.

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