Maybe it is because I am a teacher that I gravitate towards the early conversations of getting ready to go back to school. It is almost a season and other savvy moms like me are searching for the best deals on clothes, backpacks, and supplies.
In the moments of preparing, let’s not forget about preparing our kids. Our letter arrived yesterday letting us know our oldest’s teacher. I was so happy when her eyes lit up and she said, “YES.”
How will I get her ready and still enjoy the summer?
My first tip:
Tonight we read a chapter book together -A little scaffolding to keep her challenged. We are reading Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. When we are finished, I will take her to see the movie. We’ll do our own “book club” sharing similarities and differences between the two.
Tip #2 – Go back to school healthy! Next week, we have phyical appointments, dermatoligist, eye exams, and a dentist visit. I want to know that she is ready to learn and that something such as vision is not going to hinder her progress.
Tip #3 – Family Game Night – Socialization is such an important part of school. Being able to be part of a team and working together are skills that are needed in school. Knowing that there are times that you will win and times where you will lose will help her become a better person.
Tip #4 – Failing to plan is planning to fail – Start the year off right with preparing bookbags and clothes the night before. If notes are signed and all books are back in the pack, the morning will be peaceful. Having all clothing items including sock, shoes, and hairclips (Yes! Hairclips too! I have three girls.) ready will also allow for a peaceful morning.
Tip #5 – Now that the girls will all be prepared from the night before, we will have time for a healthy breakfast. Waffles and juice are a favorite in my house since it is quick to prepare.
Tip #6 – Have your children be a part of the conversation. While in the car, discuss the names of the roads, directions that you are going. Play I Spy. When at home, instead of the typical “How was your day?” with an answer of “Good”, be specific and ask, “Tell me one thing that would like to do again.’ When they tell you, you can then ask them why.
Tip #7 – Have them be a part of the back to school shopping experience. Let them choose what color or type of folder they would like. Go together to pick out a backpack.
Tip #8 – Practice your home safety information. Go over important phone numbers and make sure they know their address. Summer fun can easily make them forget things they knew so well in the spring.
Tip #9 – If this is your child’s first time at school, ease anxieties by reading books with similar experiences. As a kindergarten teacher, this new book looks great. Click to browse inside.
We’re excited to learn how the moms help their little ones get ready for the first day of school. How do you plan on helping your kindergarten stars prepare for their first day of “big-kid school”? Annalina from Kindergarten Diary has some great tips for this special milestone. You can download Annalina’s first day of school checklist to help your little students organize for the big day. Planning together can be a fun way to reduce a child’s fear and anxiety in an unfamiliar setting.
Tip #10 – Share advice with other moms. We are not alone. Everyone can support each other with simple little tips that will benefit our children. Students should share advice too. See how in the following book:
And what about moms with kids that are old pros of school? Do you and your children share any back-to-school traditions? Do you have a delectable breakfast together on the first morning of the new school year? Or do you shop for a dazzling first-day-of-school outfit? Let eleven year-old advice guru Alec Greven guide your elementary school kids through the school halls with the tried-and-true school rules he’s collected along the way in Rules for School. Alec covers essentials such as how to work the playground, find the right seat on the school bus, and get homework done on time.
I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms blogging program to be eligible to get a HarperCollins book set. For more information on how you can participate, click here.