Back To School…Are You Ready?

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Summer flew by and now you are wondering where the time went.  Are you ready to meet the demands of the new school year?  Read ahead and see if you have what it takes this upcoming school season.

Skills Review

Before you set foot in the door of your new classroom, ask yourself if you have read a book.  If the answer is NO, drive yourself to the nearest local library.  It’s never too late to get yourself a library card.  They are free and the benefits are amazing.  Look at the recommended book lists they have posted and grab yourself a copy.  A classic novel or read aloud will stimulate and recharge your mind.  While you’re at it, check out a skills review workbook, SAT or ACT prep, math review, or even phonics.  The library has FREE resources and who doesn’t love FREE?  It’s worth the time the drive to your local library today.

Routine Practice

Are the kids staying up late every night and sleeping in late every morning?  Get into the new school routine soon. Start re-implementing your regular routines gradually in August little by little.  If you strategize correctly, the children will be back to their nightly routine and rituals when the school year begins.  Some children have a hard time transitioning so it’s important that you “rehearse” the routine as you would like to experience it.  Practice making lunches the night before, be able to locate book bags and shoes in an available location, and know where your school bus stop is located.  These routines will save you time if they are practiced and ready to implement day 1. 

Get Organized

Has your child had all their immunizations?  Are their yearly check-ups all to date? Is all the necessary paperwork into the school?  If your child is playing athletics in school, have you signed all waivers?  Now is the time to make these appointments and start getting yourself physically ready for school.  Many districts across the country won’t allow kids to enroll without vaccinations being done.  Take a minute to investigate. 

Take some time to filter and organize your closets.  Throw out or donate old clothes, shoes and bags.  The close of the summer is the perfect time to start revamping the wardrobe and making room for new clothes and accessories this fall.  This is a great time to look at old jackets and sweaters that have been outgrown.  Sometimes the clothing is worth taking to a consignment shop.  If not, Goodwill is a great solution.  Either way, purging old clothing, shoes and bags is a great way to ready yourself for this school year.

Through preparation and organization, you can ensure that your child will have a smooth transition to the start of the new school year. By doing so, you and your child can enjoy the rest of your summer break and have a great start to the new school year.