Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Even as we enjoy these last weeks of summer, the back-to-school flurry is fast approaching. There’s no avoiding it – the shelves are stocked with school supplies and the stores are busy promoting their “back-to-school” sales.
If you’re like most parents, you’re probably already thinking about what you can do to ensure that the upcoming school year is a successful one. While it’s true that getting ready to go back to school can be overwhelming, a few simple steps can go a long way in getting both you and your child ready for the big day!
First and foremost, talk to your child. If they are feeling uneasy about school find out why. Sometimes children worry about the change in teachers, and/or being in a different classroom than their friends. Remind your child that being around other children is an opportunity to make new friends. Communication is one of the most important factors, as maintaining an on-going dialogue with your child will keep you aware of what’s going on in the classroom and beyond.
Have you child participate in the back-to-school process. If possible, set aside a few hours to do some back-to-school shopping together. Take them with you to help pick out their supplies, backpack, clothing, etc. It’s a great excuse to spend some quality time together!
Of course being organized and establishing and maintaining routines early on is essential. Establish a bedtime and morning routine and begin implementing these routines a week or two in advance. Set up a system for organizing backpacks, lunch bags, school announcements, homework assignments, etc.
Designate a homework spot – this “homework area” should be away from any distractions. It should be quiet and well lit. Be sure to have the following materials on hand: extra pencils, erasers, blank paper for practice, a pencil sharpener, and crayons. Having these easily accessible will minimize any delays and help avoid distractions.
I always look forward to the start of a new school year! I hope these small suggestions help you enjoy it too!
Yolanda is the mom of 3 young children in the Delaware Valley and the Founder of Team Tutor.