The beginning of the new school year is just around the corner. Just think, in a couple weeks, your child will officially be one year closer to graduating. Don’t be like one of those parents that goes out the night before school starts back up and purchases random school supplies. And just like you wouldn’t want your child to cram the night before for a test, the parent should not do the same thing. There is a method to the madness that should be followed the best you can. Below is a guide to help you figure out the proper steps in preparing for the new school year.
Find Out Who Your Child’s New Teacher Is
This may seem like common sense, but there are parents that drop their kids off on that first day without having any clue on who their new teacher is. Make the effort to contact the school and ask if you have not already received something in the mail. It’s a bit cruel to send a kid to their first day of school and telling them to figure it all out on their own.
Bring in School Supplies Early
Remember when you were a kid and you had to carry around a backpack full of a whole desk’s worth of school supplies on the first day? If you were unfortunate enough to take the bus that morning, there is a good chance you were hitting those around you accidentally with your bag of supplies. Plus, there were probably other kids that were hitting you right back with theirs.
Most schools now offer elementary students a chance to come in the day or the week before and organize their desk with the help of a parent. This will remove a lot of the first day anxiety that students may experience. Also, it is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to your child’s new teacher. Be sure to approach the teacher and say hello. Acknowledging the classroom teacher is a good way to start building a strong relationship.
School shopping is more than just buying notebooks, folders, and pencils. It is also about getting locker organizers and new gym shoes. Plus, young kids grow so quickly in one year, so there is a very good chance your child will need some new clothes. Don’t wait until the last second to get these things. Growing up in a family of eleven, my parents would wait as long as possible, and that would end with me wearing hand-me-downs from both my brothers and my sisters! It is tough to have a positive self image as a boy when wearing a Rainbow Brite t-shirt that was given to you by your older sister. If you don’t think you have the finances for new clothes, head to the local Goodwill or similar type of store and find some cool looking clothes for just a few dollars.
Get Prepared for the New School Year
For your child to achieve success in the upcoming school year, there are certain schedules that have to be put in place. Their late summer bedtimes need to be replaced to make more school friendly. A schedule needs to be made figuring out what time they are to wake every day and the time they are going to complete their homework at night. Little things like this should be determined now before the hectic new school year begins.
If you are worried that you are not properly ready for the new school year, iAchieve can be of assistance. We hold informative presentations for parents that could be of great help. If you are having any doubts whatsoever, attend one of our workshops to put your mind at ease.
Written by Ryan Crawley