It’s the time of year when the leaves on the trees begin to change colors, warm days begin to give way to chilly nights, and children head back to school. Back to school doesn’t have to be frantic if you are properly prepared!
Make sure your child is current on immunizations. This protects not only your own child, but others in the community who may not be able to have immunizations (and teachers are always grateful for fewer chances of getting sick!) Your child’s school may have regulations about which immunizations are needed, so be sure to check on those as early as possible.
Find out how much homework will be expected: you may need to help your child, or find an online help source. Public libraries often have homework resources, and can also recommend books, third party online programs, or tutoring services.
If there is an open house night before school or near the beginning, meet your child’s teacher(s). Forming a connection early on can help you work with the teacher to make sure your child is receiving the best education possible. Open house nights can also be a time for new students to familiarize themselves with the school campus. If you are able, walk your child’s route between classes; this will help him or her feel comfortable on the first day of school, and provide context for you when you hear stories about the latest happenings in class.
Don’t wait til the last minute to buy school supplies. Try to get the items as soon as you have the list from your child’s school. Waiting for sales may help on a budget, but you’ll also be fighting crowds and low supplies.
Begin to practice your school morning routines a week or so in advance, to make the transition easier for your child and your whole family. Encourage the whole family to get up at the time needed to catch the school bus or drive to school for the first few days, if possible.
Keep a family calendar in a public place to keep track of school events. A centralized calendar is the best way to make sure everyone knows where they are supposed to be, and when. If everyone in the family has a smartphone, there are many scheduling apps that can help with this.
Have a good one and let me know if you need anything.