It’s that time of year again…back-to-school time! Before you break out the backpacks and school supplies, ask yourself if you and your child are fully prepared for the upcoming year. With a little planning, you can make going back-to-school simple and stress-free. Here are four easy tips from the YMCA Youth and Family Services Program Director and Licensed Social Worker, Katie Demmler, to ensure a smooth transition into the school year.
1. Become familiar with your child’s school
Whether your child is returning to the same school or starting a new one, it’s always important to know about any upcoming changes.
Most schools are open a few days or weeks prior to the start of school. Stop by and see what the school is like, call, or check the school website.
2. Purchase school supplies
Your child's grade level (K-12) will determine the type of supplies needed. Some schools send out a supply list a couple of weeks before the school year begins (or you can find them via the school’s website). If not, standard school supplies can be found at the following stores:
3. Establish a routine
During the summer, most children stay up late and sleep in. By developing a bedtime routine, your child will be less resistant to the early morning wake-up calls to get ready for school.
It’s important to remember that young children need 10 – 12 hours of sleep each night, so schedule accordingly.
A healthy eating routine is also important. Children should get balanced meals throughout the day, with a variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins and grains. Click here for some back-to-school tips from Y Cook Community Kitchen.
4. Have a great first day!
The first day of school is a big day for you and your child. It is the time to instill confidence and start the year off on the right foot.
After the first day of school, spend time with your child and establish a homework routine.
By creating an organized environment and maintaining a positive
attitude throughout the transition, you and your child will be set up
for a successful school year.