More importantly, are you as parents prepared for the new school year?
Children need guidance and direction to be productive.
Here is a 10 point check list to start the new school year:
*Younger children especially will need their bed time and wake-up scheduled times adjusted prior to the actual start of the new school year. Start early to make room for these changes.
*Children will need to be familiar with the location of their classroom, their
teacher’s name, with all transportation issues to and from being properly arranged prior to the start of the new school day.
*After school care must be addressed and finalized.
*Physicals, eye exams, and dental visits should also be completed.
*A designated work space or area for doing homework needs to be identified
or reestablished, along with a drop off and pick up area for backpacks. Also, ground rules for completing homework must be reviewed.
*New goals will need to be developed together with your child so that the child fully understands his purpose and expectations.
*Basic supplies and essentials should be bought.
*Something new should be added to the child’s wardrobe, whether it is a pair of new shoes, sneakers, shirt, jeans, etc. Feeling good about oneself begins with looking good!
*Breakfast and lunch items need to be discussed prior to the start of the new school year.
*A family calendar should be constructed and placed where everyone can see it identifying important events, tests, and deadlines for all family members.
And finally, a family that works together as a team will be more productive with each member being given responsibilities and being held accountable. I also like to encourage families to develop a mantra that can be used as a motivational tool during those challenging days.
The one I use is: Look up! Get up! and Never give up!