Back To School Tips
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are roughly 79 million students heading back to school this year. That includes all students around the country, nursery school through college. It’s that time of year again, when alarms will need to be set, homework will need to be done, and dinners will need to be squeezed in each night. The good news, is that there are plenty of things you can do in order to help your back to school experience go smoothly!
Here are some back to school tips to help your year get off to a successful start:
- Medical issues. Before the first bell rings, it’s time to make sure that all medical forms for your child have been completed and that they have all their vaccinations. Your child being vaccinated is going to be their best line of defense against many of the illnesses that children in schools are at risk for.
- Establish routine. Even before school gets started, it’s a good idea to start establishing a routine. This goes for bedtimes and wake-up times. Determine an appropriate time for your child to hit the sack each night and get them doing it several days before school begins. This will help them to be less tired when the first days of school arrives and they need to get up early.
- Keep order. Right from the beginning explain to your child what the routine will be once school gets out. Where do they put their backpack and lunch box, when is homework expected to be done? Children do well with routines and it will help prevent chaos, while also ensuring that every routine is complete each night..
- Get involved. Even parents who work can still find ways to be involved with the school, teacher and other parents. Join the PTA, volunteer for field trips, stop in once in a while to see if there is anything the teacher needs, etc.
- Saving on supplies. Many stores put out a generic supply lists, but that may not be what the teacher really wants. Find out from the teacher what supplies are really needed, which may only be a fraction of what’s on the generic list. Also, when items are put on clearance after school heads back, be sure to stock up on some supplies for the next school year.
- Determine lunches. For those families not relying on the school lunch program, determining what to pack each day can be a daunting task. Take a few minutes to sit down with your child and make a list of every possible healthy lunch option that can be brainstormed. Each week pick some things from that list when doing the shopping. This will help keep you from drawing a blank and running out of ideas of what to pack.
There are many things that parents can do to help students get off to a successful school year. Being prepared and planning ahead are two of the most important things to conquer, but once you do, you’ll find that you’re more comfortable and confident in sending your child back to school for another year of learning!