Getting Ready for a New School Year
Since it feels like summer has not been here for very long, it may be hard to believe that a brand new school year is about to begin. Especially after the long break, it may be difficult to get everyone back on a school schedule of homework and after school activities. However, there are a number of easy ways to get everyone back on the same page and ready for school.
Preparing for School
Before you know it, the first day of school will have arrived. By following these simple tips, you’ll be sure to have your children ready for learning when the school bus arrives:
- Go through the school supply list: While getting new school supplies may be your children’s favorite part of the year, you may not need to purchase everything on the list. See what can be reused from last year’s supplies to save some money.
- Review summer homework: Start the school year off right by making sure any of your children’s summer assignments are completed. In some cases, you may want to have them review any books or chapters that they were assigned so they are ready to face that pop quiz that may be waiting for them on their first or second day back to school.
- Have everything ready to go: The first day back to school is not only exciting, but it’s also hectic. Making sure that school supplies are packed and waiting by the door will ensure that nothing is left behind if the bus comes earlier than expected. Further, having a planned wardrobe for the day will also ensure that there is plenty of time to have a healthy breakfast and time to wake up before the day really gets going.
- Mark your calendars: Between sports practices, dance recitals, music lessons, after school activities and homework, it can be hard to keep track of everyone’s schedules. Having a community calendar where everyone’s activities can be listed is a great way to keep everyone on track when the school year really starts to gather momentum.
- Put a homework schedule together: Discussing with your kids when you expect homework and other school work to be completed will help lay down the rules early during the year. Not only will this help you to ensure that your children’s homework is completed and turned in on time, but you can also check any assignments that your children may be having trouble with.
Things to do before the School Year Starts
While your kids may be on pins and needles waiting for the new year to start, summer isn’t quite over yet. Whether or not that first day has come and gone, there are still a few activities that the whole family can enjoy:
- Enjoy a family outing: Before the hectic schedules begin, take your family on a day trip to the zoo, an amusement park or museum for some last minute fun.
- Visit a family-favorite restaurant: Taking the family out for their favorite meal is a great way to encourage discussion about what your children want to get out of this school year.
- Family fall cleanup: Wind down the summer by having your children sort through their clothing and other belongings for items they no longer need or want and donate. This is a great way for your kids to de-clutter their rooms while helping others.
- Take a dip in the pool: The summer weather won’t last much longer, so take your kids to the local pool or water park for one last relaxing day.
By making sure everyone in your family is ready for the school year to begin, you’ll ensure that you’ll ensure that your kids get the most out of their education.