**Here are some helpful tips with helping your child(ren) get ready for the school year...
Talk about school starting as a positive event – not a negative.
Have your child help pick out their own school supplies (backpacks, lunch box, pens, pencils, etc.)
Visit or revisit the school grounds so that your child feels comfortable in their school environment.
Start tailoring your schedule now so that it matches your school schedule. Earlier bed times and earlier rise times.
Engage your child in discussion about the upcoming school year – what are they looking forward to, what are they scared of?
Make sure your child knows emergency contact information. This will help your child and you both feel more secure.
Take advantage of any back to school open houses, tours, or parent-teacher meetings that the school offers.
Familiarize yourselfand your child with their teacher’s name, school room location, school office, and locker location.
Discuss your child’s school schedule. When do they start, when is lunch, when does school get out?
If your child takes the bus, visit the bus stop and make sure your child knows what time the bus picks up.
If you have any specific concerns regarding your child, contact the appropriate party and make your concerns known. This could be the teacher, school nurse, school counselor, etc.
Start building up their confidence by revisiting topics that they were learning last year.
Encourage your child to work hard this school year by setting up a study schedule and quiet area for them to work in.
Label your child’s belongings. Many kids will have the same backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. Print your child’s name, use stickers, or even use a luggage tag to help them identify their stuff.
Have your child’s backpack and lunch prepared the night before to help the first day of school go as smoothly as possible. Enclose a special note with their lunch so they know you are thinking of them.