Summer vacation has officially come to an end. Make this year the best school year yet by adding a few things to your back-to-school plan by Sparkpe.org.
New school supplies. Check! Fresh haircuts. Check! Special end-of-summer outings. Check! Parents spend a lot of time preparing for the first day of school, but there are a few things you want to include in your back-to-school plan that will help this school year go smoother. Get this year off to a great start in your home by following a few tips for the 2017-18 school year.
- Set-up a bedtime and wake-up time routine in advance– This is crucial! Of course, the first days will be hard due to anxiety and crazy summer sleep patterns but stick to your guns. Setting up a consistent bedtime and wake-up time will decrease the angst of being new to the school and set your kids up for a successful school year.
- Get to know new teachers– There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and greet with your child’s teacher before school starts, but none will help you get to know your child’s teacher. Take some time before or after school to ask questions you could even begin conversations by sending an email introducing yourself. Be sure to let them know your availability to help out in the classroom too.
- Plan healthy snacks and lunches– It all starts at home, right? When you take the time to plan meals in your home, the healthier the options are for your child. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other healthy choices, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days. Even better, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach them healthy food choices!
- Organize clothing– It’s always good to go through and weed out the clothes that no longer fit or are too old. Go ahead and take the time to donate the gently used and make a list of what you will need for the school year for your child. Make life easier by organizing your child’s clothing before the first day of school. Then take it a step further and plan out daily outfits in advance. This will help get through busy mornings with less of a fuss.
- Set-up a staging area– Every home needs a central hub to organize all school related items like book bags and clothing. Find a spot in your home and set-it up complete with a dry erase board and calendar to keep everyone in your home informed of coming up activities.
- Talk to your kids about bullying– Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school years. It’s also a good idea to make sure your child understands the right way to treat peers and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Talking to them about bullying can make it easier for your child to come to you if they ever face a bullying problem at school.
- Talk to your kids about their concerns– While you are rushing to check off all your back-to-school lists, make time to sit with your child and ask them about their concerns. The start of a new school year is exciting, but can also bring anxiety of the unknown. And if you recently moved into a new home, the unknown is a major factor! Take a few minutes to look forward to a great year and talk through anything that may be worrying your child. Opening the doors of communication is always a good idea when it comes to our children.
Read more about how you can get your child ready for the first day of school here!