Back to School Tips for a Smooth Start

I’ve decided to post my school tips post early this year since some schools start in August.

After a summer of less structure, getting back into school mode can be a challenge. Here are a few tips for getting off to a good start.

School Clothes

Inventory your child’s
school clothes and discard/recycle mismatched socks, clothes that don’t fit,
clothes your child doesn’t like. Getting these things out of the
way will streamline getting dressed for school

 

Evening Routine

  • Consider setting out
    school clothes the night before. This greatly helps the morning preparations.
  • If possible, make
    lunches the night before. Getting your child’s input can really help. If
     he is able, let him make his own.
  • Have your child pack
    her backpack, supervising as needed. Your teacher will really appreciate it

 

Morning Routine

  • Brainstorm with your
    child what needs to be done before he goes out the door in the morning. Things
    like getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth…
  • Write it down! In the
    morning, if your child needs reminders, all you need to do is have her check
    her routine card.
  • Build in a reward.
    Checklist completed? Brainstorm what can happen (watch TV, get points towards a
    reward, computer time…)

 

Launching Pad

Establish a place near
the front door to collect all that needs to go out the door. Things like
backpacks, lunch, shoes, jackets – whatever you don’t want to have to search
the house for.

 

Homework

  • Set up a routine. This
    is a very individual thing. A routine is best if your child has input.
  • Consider when your
    child is freshest and most motivated. Right after school? After dinner? For
    some kids, the morning is a good time. It’s risky, of course, but it’s
    something to consider.
  • If possible, establish
    a dedicated homework area. This will need to reflect your child’s work style.
    Some kids do just fine in their rooms, others need to be where you can monitor
    their on-task behavior.
  • There will be a post
    soon, devoted just to homework.

 

Establish a place to
keep all school information.

  • Your child’s
    teacher(s) and contact information
  • Your child’s schedule
  • The school calendar
  • Documents such as
    report cards, behavior plan, Individualized Educational Plan (IEP),
    immunizations, any document you think you may want to refer to through the year


These tips have come
from 3 sources. Please check out them out for more ideas.

Friendship
Circle

Pragmatic Mom

Stress Free
Kids

Here are 4 more sites that have resources
you may find helpful.

Reading
Rockets
 
Top 10
Resources on Back to School for Parents

School Family Print
& Use Tools: Checklists, Calendars, Charts, & Labels

HealthyChildren.org   Provides
safety tips.

Parent Further Provides
back to school tips for elementary age kids. Scroll down for preschool,
kindergarten, middle school and high school tips.

 

I hope you have a
great start to the new school year. Please write any tips you have found that
works for you and your family in the Comment Box!

Gail

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