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7 Ways to Get Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School
Saturday, August 17, 2013 7:45:00 AM
The end of the summer may bring a relief from the heat, but
it also signifies the impending start of a new year in school for your child.
From early mornings making breakfast and lunch, to trips back and forth to
school and home for pickups and drop-offs, you will need to start planning in
order to be ready for a busy schedule.
But all of the responsibility is not on you, though, and you
will need to help your child get ready for another year in the classroom. So as
the summer winds down, try these seven simple activities to ensure a happy and
educational year back in school.
1. Sleep on a
children, summer can be a time to stay up late and hang out with mom and dad
long after the sun goes down. And while this can be fun during the warmer
months, it is no way to guarantee a rested child for school. For a few weeks
before summer ends, starting setting a sleep schedule to make sure your child
is ready when the first bell rings.
2. Reading Practice
If you haven’t
been working on your child’s reading skills this summer, now is the time to
start. Practice spelling, reading, and writing skills to give your child a head
start on the class work.
3. Talk About Expectations
Even if this
isn’t your child’s first year in school, they might have questions and concerns
about what to expect in the classroom. Talk to them each morning and night
about these, and make sure they are starting this next year happy and ready to
4. Play Classroom
Most kids love to
play pretend, so why not turn it into a classroom game? Spend a few minutes
each day pretending that you are the teacher, and that your child must follow
the rules that are present in the classroom. Have your child raise their hand, ask
questions formally, and obey any other guidelines – this will get them ready to
settle down and get ready to learn.
5. Learning Games
Another great way
to practice school skills is by playing learning games with your child. This
can be anything from math games, to spelling games, to even science games – but
adding fun into the mix can help your child get excited for another year away
6. Go to School Early
Going into a new
school building or even classroom can be a daunting prospect for any child. Instead
of surprising them on the first day of school, escort your child in a few days
or even weeks early and walk around. Getting your kid comfortable with the
surroundings will ease any fears or concerns they might have about life in a
7. The First Day of School is the Most Important
No matter what
you do to prepare, the first day of school is the most important for your
child. Make sure that you all wake up early enough, and prepare everything your
child might need for the first day (breakfast, lunch, backpack, supplies,
etc.). Take them to the classroom yourself, and send them off knowing that you
will be right there to pick them up in only a few hours.
Back to School!
Don’t let the
first bell for school catch you by surprise. Use these seven fun and easy steps
to get ready with your child, and send them back to school ready to learn!