Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Activities and Tips for Back to School Season

It’s hard to believe, but summer is already winding down! Some students (and parents) are eagerly anticipating going back to school, while others are trying to fit in some last-minute summer fun and recreation. Either way, back to school season is here and a little planning and preparation goes a long way to make the transition more fun and easy. Here are a few tips to help you through the busy final days of summer.

  • Shop the sales. Back-to-school shopping is an expense many parents have come to dread. But it doesn’t have to break the bank. Check weekly store ads for the best deals on what’s on your particular student’s list. Many parents realize, when they go through their home they already have some office supplies lying around that their child can use for school. After school begins and school supplies go on clearance, stock up for next year on basics you know they’ll always need, such as pencils, notebooks, and folders.
  • Set the clock. If you have a late sleeper, start getting them up a little earlier each day. A couple days before school starts, have them wake up at the time they’ll have to wake up during the school year. Likewise, start having students go to bed earlier each night. With the days getting shorter, it won’t be too difficult. Late summer nights are often part of vacation, but it will help students get in the school routine and start the year off well rested if they get on their school year sleep schedule.  
  • Back to schoolPractice the routine. Many schools have a supply drop-off day or a back-to-school social, where students can see their classroom and meet their new teacher. This is a great time to practice the exact route they will take to school as well as drop-off and pick-up procedures. Practicing the “getting ready for school” morning routine a few days before school starts is also a great way to get them back in the habit of school year expectations, and can help answer any questions (or soothe nerves) they have. It’s also a good time for you as a parent to notice if there are any glitches or problem areas in the morning--before the first day!

For more great back-to-school activities that help get students in the back-to-school mindset, check out these teacher-tested methods!
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