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Preparing for Back-to-School - Top Ten Tasks

  1. Get your child’s yearly checkup. School and germs go hand in hand, so it’s best to get your child’s yearly checkup before school even starts. Get any required vaccinations and ask your pediatrician the best ways your child can stay healthy throughout the school year.
  2. Shop for school supplies together. To get your child excited about starting a new grade, shop for supplies together. Allow them to pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, etc. This is a great way to give them a little bit of responsibility too!
  3. Review school material and information. For most parents/guardians, schools email a ton of information regarding their child’s school, important dates to remember, emergency forms, and transportation routines. Make sure that you read through this information carefully, check the school’s website, and mark down all important dates on your calendar.
  4. Get organized. The best way to prepare for back to school time is to be organized. With school comes a massive amount of paperwork which can consume your household. Designate a spot in your house for homework, permission slips, and any other school-related papers. This can help eliminate all of that paper clutter and make your life less stressful.
  5. Get back into your sleep routine. To help eliminate those stressful school mornings, set up a regular bedtime and morning time routine to help prepare your child for school. Begin your usual school sleep routine about a week or so before school starts.
  6. Re-establish school routines. 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. Perhaps plan a few outside activities where your child will have to leave and come home around the same time they would if they were in school. This will help them be rested and ready for the big day.
  7. 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 afterschool program, or be allowed to stay home by themselves. This will help eliminate any confusion during the first few weeks. Remember to make plans for Early Release Days too!
  8. Turn off the TV and other electronics. For a lot of children summertime is filled with endless video games and TV programs. Children are usually in shock when they begin school and realize that six hours of their day is going to spent learning and not playing games and watching TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electrics and encouraging them to read or play quietly.
  9. Prepare for the unexpected. Parents/guardians who work outside the home know that it can be difficult to find a sitter when their child is sick. Before school even begins, it’s a good idea to have a sitter already lined up in case you get that phone call home from the nurse saying your child is ill.
  10. Set up a homework station. Sit down with your child and together designate a time and place where he/she can do homework each day. Make sure to discuss a contingency plan for those busy after-school hours when your child has activities or commitments.
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