Back to School Season – Getting the Kids Ready

Back to school season is a special time of year and now is the time to get ready. The weather may still be warm and sunny, but pretty soon the days will start to get shorter and the nights will start to get colder. If you want your child (and yourself) to be ready for the first day of school, you need to start getting ready early. Here are some tips to get you started.

Back to School Shopping

Back to school shopping can be tough, both from a practical and a financial standpoint. Start by asking your kids to make a list of the things they need, from pens and pencils to calculators and protractors. Put the list together, look for sales and try to get everything in a single trip.

Be sure to include your kids in back to school shopping, especially for clothes. Look for clothing items that can be combined in a variety of ways or mixed and matched in a creative fashion. This will help keep costs down while still allowing your son or daughter to look fashionable.

Ease Those Fears

Whether your child is heading out for their first day of kindergarten or the first day of high school, it is only natural to be nervous. Reassure your child by reminding them that the other students are probably feeling the same fear and anxiety as they are.

Talk about the good things about the school year to come, from the great new things they will learn to the lifelong friends they will make. Stress the positive aspects of school and remind your child how much fun they had in the previous year.

Give Your Scholar Some Brain Food

Your child cannot learn without fuel to their brain, so think about the lunches you will pack or the nutritional advice you will offer. Check with the school to see if home-packed lunches are allowed. If they are, pack a first day of school lunch filled with your child’s favorite things to eat. The first day of school should be a treat, and finding their favorites in the lunch box is sure to boost their mood.

If packing lunch is not an option, make sure your child understands how the meal cards work and when they need to be refilled. You might need to talk to the staff at your child’s school or log on to the school website to get the information you need, but it is important that your young student be prepared.

Get Educated Yourself

With the first day of school just around the corner, now is the time to get educated and learn as much as you can about the school year to come. Reach out to teachers, administrators and others at your child’s school, get copies of class schedules, menu plans, reading lists and the like.

The more you know about the curriculum for the coming year the easier it will be to help your child with homework and the preparation of required assignments. It might be your child heading off to school, but you need to be educated as well.

The first day of school is always a special time of year, but it can be a frightening time for some kids. Preparing your kids for the first day of school now will make the transition from summer vacation to effective learning a lot smoother and more productive.