It’s the end of July and back to school time is just around the corner. Where did the summer go? My daughter just finished kindergarten in June. I look back to when she entered kindergarten last fall; I was so unprepared and confused. What did we need to get? Where did we need to go? What forms did I need the doctor to send in?
I am looking forward to an easier transition this year. I have some real back to school parenting experience under my belt and my daughter loves her school. An added benefit this year? She’s been attending a summer day camp at the school so the environment is still familiar and friendly to her.
Are you where I was last year, new to your child’s school and unsure of what to do? Or maybe you just haven’t started thinking about it yet? Read on for some steps you can take to help you prepare for back to school time.
Vaccinations and Checkups
Make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date. Most schools require your child to have certain vaccinations as well as an up to date physical examination and dental checkup. If you are unsure, contact your school as early as possible so you have time to schedule the necessary pediatric and dental appointments. Your pediatrician may also require extra time to fill out any forms your school requires.
School Supplies & New School Clothes
Shopping for school supplies was always my favorite back to school ritual when I was a kid. I loved to pick out new notebooks and folders with my favorite cartoon characters and pop stars on them. Most kids also love getting a new wardrobe to go with their new grade level, even if your school requires the children to wear uniforms.
Retailers have already started their Back-to-School sales where you can find rock bottom prices on all school supplies, school uniforms and kids clothes. If you haven’t received your child’s list of required supplies, it’s a good idea to start stocking up on the basics like paper, pencils, pens, glue and crayons. You’ll need them for homework assignments and you may want to have extras on hand to donate to your child’s classroom throughout the school year.
Get Back into the Habit
Most of us tend to break the rules when summer comes. Daytime lasts longer so we go to bed later; which means we may sleep in later. Early August is a good time to start reinforcing bed time as well as wake up time. Believe me, this will save a lot of harried mornings caused by over-sleeping or crankiness due to lack of sleep.
Many parents provide their kids with workbooks of age appropriate homework assignments to do throughout the summer. For those of us who don’t, now is a good time to start it up. You can buy the workbooks at the Back to School sales. You don’t have to overload your child with assignments; just enough practice to refresh their memory should do.