August 22, 2013

Preparing for Back-to-School

The time is almost here when we send our children back to school. I’m not sure about you, but I personally cannot wait. I love my little man who is going into Kindergarten this year, but I also enjoy the time that I have to myself during the day to get things done around the house. However, before I can confidently send my little guy back to school, there is some prep work that needs to be done.   Here are some Back-to-School tips for anxious parents.

1.      Create a Plan – Last year, my son was in Pre-K and I dropped him off at the front door for school and picked him up at the end of the day. It was simple because the teachers brought him right to the vehicle and loaded him up for me. There wasn’t a chance of him getting lost or confused at the end of the day. However, this year, when I pick him up I will have to get in the pick-up line with the rest of the elementary school parents (K-6th grade) and depend on my son finding me. Therefore, it’s necessary to come up with a plan. My son does best with plans. Not only will I teach him the drop off/pick up plan well before school starts, but he will also know his father’s and my cell phone numbers, as well as, our address.

2.      Get a Jump Start on Sight Words – Pre-K wasn’t too difficult for my son as the only thing they really had homework on was the letter of the week. Homework was only on Tuesdays, so that made it pretty easy too. However, this year my son will have a list of sight words to work on every week, with weekly tests over them (or so I have heard). In order to help him succeed and learn to read a little quicker, I am going to start working with him on sight words a few weeks before school starts. Your children may be older than my son, but I’m sure there’s one area that your child could use a little boost in. Why not help him/her now before the pressure of school starts back up? 

3.      Start a Routine – Finally, getting back into the school routine can be rough for kids, especially if the schedule isn’t started until the day school starts. Normally, our school district starts on a Thursday or Friday, but this year they are starting on Monday, meaning the kids have to go an entire week right off the bat. In order to make the transition a little smoother, start the back-to-school routine a week before school starts. For example, have dinner at the same time, schedule showers, television time and bed time and stay consistent the entire week. Then, when school does start, the children are already adjusted to the new schedule.
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