Summer has flown by and ready or not school starts in just a few weeks. As parents we all want to make sure the new school year starts off on a positive note. So here are a few suggestions from parents and educators that should help as they go back to school.
- Two weeks prior to the start of school begin getting back into the school year bedtime routine – no more late summer nights.
- Be enthusiastic about the start of school. Many students, especially younger ones, pick up on their parent’s emotions. If you’re excited, odds are they will be too.
- Make a plan to read with your child for 20 minutes every day. For older children designate a time for them to read and take a few minutes to discuss with them what they read. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.
- Together come up with a couple of ideas/summer stories that your child can share when he/she is asked “what they did on vacation”. Being prepared helps when they go back to school.
- Shop with your children to pick out both nutritional and tasty lunch items. You don’t want your child trading away food items you packed for lunch.
- Play fun games that reinforce and reintroduce skills learned earlier (counting games, reviewing colors, reading signs). This will help transition them back into a classroom setting.
- Walk or ride the route your child will take and make note of school patrols, crossing guards and high traffic areas along the way. Talk to your kids about NOT talking to strangers and find out what, if any, policies your child’s school has regarding early arrivals or late pick-ups.Learn about the school’s entrance and exit policies. Then, if you can, pop in and check out what the inside of the school looks like.
- Attend “Meet the Teacher” day so your child (and you) will fill comfortable with a new teacher. Also take time to familiarize your son or daughter with the location of their classroom, bathrooms, lockers/cubbies and where to meet the bus or you, if you pick them up.
- Make homework time a daily habit. Find a quiet and consistent place at home where your child can complete his or her homework. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family: show interest and praise your child’s work.
- Make sure your vehicle is ready to shuttle your children to and from school and their extracurricular activities. Most importantly to be on the lookout for kids walking or standing at the bus stops and be sure to obey the laws around stopping when a bus has is safety arm out and lights flashing.
- Talk to your children about bullying and the importance of respecting all students and faculty when they go back to school.
School Supply lists for each grade can be found on your school’s website. Many local area schools are now using www.schooltoolbox.com to ship appropriate school supplies right to parent’s doors. If your school is one of these, time shopping for school supplies can be reduced significantly.
Appropriate School Wardrobe
Many schools have dress codes for their students. Make sure you are aware of these standards and have the appropriate clothing ready to go when they go back to school.
Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
This is another area that varies based on the age of the student. Become familiar with the rules involving cell phones and electronic devices and remind your students of when they can use them during the school day.
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Have a great school year!