School will be here faster than you can say “where did the summer go?” Get your child off to a smart start with these strategies:
- Don’t forget about emotional well being. A lot of children have some anxiety when it comes to starting a new school year. Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Be sure to point out the positive aspects of school, like seeing old friends and making new ones. You may wish to visit the school a few weeks before the first day. Meeting the teacher, locating their classroom, locker, lunchroom, etc., can help calm nerves and allow your child to ask questions about his or her new environment.
- Make time for paperwork. Review the material sent by the school upon arrival. These packets include important information about your child’s teacher, school supply requirements, health and emergency forms, etc. Make a note of important dates, especially parent-teacher conferences.
- Make copies of your child’s health records and important emergency information for reference.
- Buy school supplies early. Try to get supplies as early as possible and fill the backpacks a week or two before school starts. Save receipts for items that you may need to return later.
- Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines. Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least one week before school starts to ease the transition.
- Establish a dedicated spot for homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house. Younger children usually need more attention for monitoring, supervision and encouragement.
- Freeze a few easy dinners. Back-to-school time can be just as much of a transition for parents as it is for children. Lighten the load by having a few meals prepared in advance.
- Last but not least, teachers can make a major difference in a child’s life. Express your appreciation early on with a Kristin & Company candle. Teachers love to feel special.
Remember, a little preparation can go a long way. Here’s to a great school year!