The end of August is a good time to start preparing the children
for going back to school... and getting used to the school year
routine again. Sit down with the children and explain how these 7
steps will help.
Set the alarm again and start getting up and dressed at the same
time every morning. Start eating breakfast, lunch, and snacks
around the times your child will eat when school is in
Help your child to start managing things on their own. Talk to
them about organizing school materials, writing down assignments,
and bringing home homework.
Designate a spot where school things such as backpacks and lunch
boxes always go. This will avoid last-minute scrambles in the
morning. You might also make a list of things to bring to school
and post it by the front door.
Homework is part of the deal - and should be part of your
child's everyday routine. Establish a time and a place for studying
at home. Try to be available during homework time.
Figure out what happens after school because school gets out
sooner than most people's workdays end. Do you need to find an
after-school programme? Do you need a sitter? Someone to pick up
kids at school? You might want to do a few practice runs before
school starts so everyone's familiar with the new routine.
6. If Kids Get Sick
Line up a trusted babysitter or group of parents that can help
each other when children get sick. Check the school's policy too.
You may have to sign forms ahead of time listing people who have
your permission to pick up your child.
Schools usually invite parents and students to orientation and
information sessions - you should go. These are good opportunities
for you to meet teachers, school counselors, the principle, and the
front desk staff.