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
- 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
- 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…)
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.
- 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.
Here are 4 more sites that have resources
you may find helpful.
Rockets Top 10
Resources on Back to School for Parents
School Family Print
& Use Tools: Checklists, Calendars, Charts, & Labels
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!