Year after year, it seems as though we blink and the summer is already behind us! Although we are well aware of when the first day of school is, it always seems to have a way of creeping up on us.
Hopefully the kids have been keeping up with their summer reading lists, because school starts in just a few weeks! I always got excited for the first day of school when I was younger. With the smell of freshly sharpened pencils hanging in the air and the weight of my crisp new textbooks in my backpack, I would set out for home period- full of confidence and anticipation.
The first day of school can be a lot to take in, but will set the precedent for the rest of the year. So, make sure you help set your child up for success by preparing accordingly. It has the potential to be exciting or nerve-wracking. The way you prepare for this day can make all of the difference.
Of course we all remember the dreaded trip to Target to check off that seemingly endless list of school supplies. Did you know, there is more that you can be doing to help your children (or the children you are taking care of) to prepare themselves for the first day of school?
The day before school and the morning before school are the key times that have the most impact on how the day goes. So, the night before, make sure the children have their backpacks all packed and ready to go. This means, fill their binders with loose-leaf paper, label any dividers according to their class schedules, and put all of their writing utensils in their pencil case. Also be sure to help them lay out a clean and ironed outfit for the day.
On the morning of the first day, set you alarm accordingly to allow ample time to get ready. There is nothing more stressful than having to rush through your morning on the first day of school, trust me. Be sure to make sure you provide your child with a complete breakfast when they wake up. If they have something that is too sugary or skip breakfast all together, they will end up hungry with low energy all day. It is very important that they are satisfied so that they don’t get distracted by their little tummies in class. Finally, allow ample time for showering, teeth brushing and getting dressed. A short-sleeved shirt with long pants and sneakers is ideal (at least in the warmer month of August). This allows them to be comfortable in a chilly classroom but they won’t melt as soon as they walk outside.
If you are dropping them off, make sure you leave time for traffic and don’t forget that pesky carpool line. Finally, you always want to make sure that they get to school at least 15-20 minutes before it actually starts. You want to make sure that they have time to get settled in and adjusted before that school bell rings. After that, the rest is up to your little one. At least you can be assured that you gave them the care and tools they need to thrive!
Jenna Cates: Perfect Fit Placement Specialist