Preparing For Back To School In Every Way. The Earlier The Better!
Preparing For Back To School In Every Way. The Earlier The Better!
I know we are still hanging on to the far end of July right now. Maybe not as much as our children are. But before we know it they’ll be bells ringing, and classes back in session.
Whether you have a kindergartner or two, an elementary student or two, or kids in junior high and high school, I find that as far away as September still might feel, getting a jump on things early, I find is the smartest way to go.
Right now you’ll find a better selection to pick from, school supplies wise. It’s like at Easter or Halloween time. You get the left over pickins if you don’t act fast enough, and those pickins can be awful sparse. SHOP EARLY!
a) 3 ring binder
c) Pencils (#2 naturally 😀 )
d) Bic ball point pens.
e) Pencil sharpener
f) Compass, (if it applies.)
You want to get your pick of the hottest styles. Right now Toys R Us has got an offer of buy a backpack and get a free lunch kit rt. $9.99. I nabbed that deal just yesterday.
h) Lunch box, (if not buying school lunches.)
i) Loose Leaf paper
They have some nice ones with different themes on them. I got everything to match.
l) Safety scissors (for little ones.)
My daughter needed these for Kindergarten. They were very hard to find the right ones last minute.
m) Marble composition notebook.
It was a must for us here in Kindergarten.
n) Pencil pouch for pencils and pens.
o) Spiral notebook.
Now of course not all of these will be mandatory for all grade levels. My son who will be a sophomore, will basically need all of this and then some. It depends where your child or children are at.
And be aware that there may be some things you won’t be apprised on till later on in the game. I think they should send home a sheet at the end of the year, or at least early on in the Summer for the next grade level, but that’s just me.
Last year I got a ‘what you need sheet’ in the last week of August. Just get as many basic things as you can early on, and beat the back to school rush, because there always is one.
Back to school clothing.
Even where clothes are concerned, go and do your back to school clothing shopping a little early to. Even though it’s July 31st., most stores have already had the fall clothing out for a few weeks now. (I find that utterly depressing, but it’s true. Unless it’s Swimsuits in February. That’s alright then 😆 .)
If your child grows fast, make sure the clothing and shoes have a little bit of extra room, but not too much, and nab those sales moms and dads. Quite often they are better then the back to school ones, the ones going on now. When stores know that you are desperate, they make you think you are getting a bargain when you truly are not. Also a plus..the malls won’t be insanely crowded.
Get those medical papers filled out!
Another thing is getting those medical papers in order. Yes, that pain in the tuchus. Get everything you need copied from your doctor’s office early, and not a couple days beforehand. Those offices get busy and you usually must show, at least here in New York you do, that your child is up to date on all required immunizations. Don’t be late on that one folks.
Preparing your child mentally and physically for back to school.
1) Make sure you get them back into a good sleeping routine several weeks before school starts.
If your child has been staying up later then usual and will need to get up early in the morning, you want to gradually start, in the 2 or 3 or so weeks before school begins, to guide them back into an earlier, sleep routine. Then it’s not such a shock to their bodies when the 1st day of school rolls around. You don’t want them falling asleep in class, that’s for sure.
2) Not all children are excited to go back to school. How can you help?
Sometimes your child is very fearful of going back to school, or starting school for the very 1st time. This can be in varying degrees but some years I was literally sick over it. Horrible stomach cramps and even vomiting. It would have been nice to have someone to talk to about my fears.
a) Don’t prepare your child the night before.
Start talking about how many friends they will make, how much fun they will have, and things they will learn, several weeks before school starts. Even earlier if you wish.
b) Identify with your child.
Let them know that at some point you to were scared, but tell them how you made it through, and all of the positive things that came out of it. My daughter feared nursery school and kindergarten so badly, and now is fearing the 1st grade. She just misses us I know because each and every time she ends up making so many friends, I can’t pull her out of there.
Little ones are bonded to you, so understand their feelings of sadness, and even a bit of loss, along with their fears that stem further then separation sometimes. Let them know it’s all normal, they are NOT alone, and everything is going to be ok. Prepare in advance and it makes their lives and yours so much easier.
c) Listen and keep the doors of communication wide open.
If you as a parent seem unapproachble, your child will never feel free and comfortable enough to spill out their deepest emotions to you. This goes for any child of any age. Let your child know you are there for them, and they can say absolutely anything to you. It is perfectly alright to be parent and part friend also.
I love how my children trust in me. I didn’t have that with my own parents AT ALL, and kept my fears inside from start to finish. I find it very important for kids to be able to trust and confide in their parents, even about subjects that might make us as parents cringe or ache inside. This hopefully will not be one of them.
3) Go through a run down beforehand.
Especially if you’re child is going into a new school. Moving up from nursery school to kindergarten or 1st grade. Or from junior high to high school. Maybe you moved to a different location altogether and all the surroundings are new. Don’t shell shock your child on the 1st day of school, no matter their age.
a) Visit the school early.
Even if you can’t get inside, let your child visit the grounds, play on the park equipment, perhaps even run into a future classmate…who knows?
b) If you can, arrange an inside tour before the actual school day sarts.
That’d be awesome if possible. Contact your local school district’s office. Most are still open for summer school.
c) Show them where they will be waiting for their bus.
Where they will be let out, and then picked back up again. I always had to wait at the corner alone, though many buses nowadays lead you right to the front door. If your kids are not taking the bus, show them where you will be to pick them up each and every afternoon.
d) Be there on the 1st day of class.
This may be especially important for shy or fearful little ones on the 1st day of classes. Your big kids may very well tell you to get the heck on out of there, you are embarrassing them. This is hard to hear, but at least you can be fairy sure they’ll do just fine. If your smaller child has a hard time letting go and separating from you, make it easier for them.
Be there when they go to class, get there early so they can feel things out and see you there with them, and greet them happily when class is over. Big smiles, and wide open arms helps oodles. I went and got my little one ice cream after class, so she had something to look forward to when class was through.
Whichever way you do things, back to school doesn’t have to be so crazy chaotic if you just plan ahead. Use the information above and have a happier start to the 2011-2012 school year. Don’t forget also, to enjoy the rest of your Summer!
PS- Don’t forget to buy your older child an alarm clock. Don’t wake them with obnoxious singing like my mother did to us. It was utterly PAINFUL 😆 ! Waking up to a loud BEEP is much more soothing. HA HA. Actually, the radio I find is best and least shocking of all. Just a quick note for sanity sake.