7 Back to School Prep Tips for Parents and Children

The summer is coming to an end and it’s time to refresh for a great academic year.

 

Now that summer is reach its end, getting the jump on the fall semester is a great way to get the kids excited. The teachers are likely already in the classroom getting organized so the parents should also do their parts. This goes double if your children are transitioning to a new school.

Here are some suggestions to add to your checklist over the next few weeks so that the kids feel prepared for a successful year at school:

 

  1. Connect to kids’ friends and their parents. School can be a little intimidating for kids, so we can dispel that a little by reconnecting to familiar faces. If you can swing a meet-and-greet with your child’s new teacher, so much the better.
  1. Dust off your kids’ study stations. Chances are good that the kids have piled their toys and summer reading on their desks, so start by clearing a dedicated study space. This will lend itself to concentration and “working mindset”. It can be a really fun project too if you get a little creative with furniture and storage. A “study nook” is helpful to kids who have trouble focusing.
  1. Tool up. Most teachers put together a supply list, and after you’ve got that study nook together, take a special shopping trip with your child. Go for basics but also consider a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a new lunch box. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
  1. Update the wardrobe. While you are shopping, check out some back-to-school sales and get a new pair of shoes and a few outfits to get kids into the spirit. It’s a good idea to go through the closets and pull all the things they outgrew over the summer. More room and less clutter!
  1. Get the bedtime routine back in order. If you have slipped with the schedule in the long days of summer, start dialing bedtime back to a reasonable hour a few weeks before school so that the first day won’t feel like a big obstacle.
  1. Talk about goals for the year. Don’t draw up a spreadsheet or anything, just get kids pumped up by talking to them about their interests. This frames school as an opportunity to do some of the things that they love or are curious about.
  1. Keep the schedule open. With the new routine transition, it’s bet not to plan too much in the beginning. Things should stay relatively mellow at home while everyone adjusts and if you need to lighten things up, keep it simple like a trip to the park or the library.

 

We should be enthusiastic and involved throughout the year, but it’s especially important in the beginning so that our kids start off on the right foot. Summer will be missed, but after all, there is so much learning to look forward to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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