Almost Time for School!

A little planning now will alleviate stress when school starts.

By FamilyTime


The time is about right to to prepare your children for the return trip to the classroom. This does not have to be stressful. With some gentle reminders and slight changes in routine, the first day of school will be a breeze. 


Making an Easy Transition
Make changes in your daily routines: earlier bedtimes or rising times, more structured suppers, and cutting back on lazy television habits that might have evolved over the summer all help.

Find the bus stop with your children and watch the local paper and school system websites for the schedules. Walk the route if your children are walkers. If they will ride their bike, determine that route and discuss safety.

Their Environment
A week or so before school starts, help your child arrange his or her home desk. This can be fun. Buy a new lamp or some desk equipment to generate excitement. Replenish last year's supplies of pencils, paper, and markers and keep them handy.

Parents Make the Rules
Even though summer is not over, start to establish ground rules regarding friends coming over after school. Do your children need permission or may they bring anyone home anytime? Make sure everyone is clear on this.

Discuss with your kids how they will schedule chores when they have homework and after-school activities. They won't like talking about this, but some short conversations now may prevent struggles later. 

Set up systems for missed buses, lost house keys, and forgotten homework assignments and lunch boxes.

New Clothes and Supplies
Allow your children to pick out what they will wear on the first day of school. Listen to what they want and then help them make sensible choices.

Wait until school starts to buy most supplies. Even in the early grades, teachers may have specific requests.

Health Forms
Call early for an appointment for a physical examination with the pediatrician or clinic.

Schools send medical forms that must be completed before the first day of school. Make sure your child has all necessary vaccinations. Fill out any forms your child needs for special medical care.

Provide the school with the names and telephone numbers of family members or friends to call in an emergency. 

It's almost here!