11 Things to do Before School Starts

1. Good physical and mental health. Be sure your child is in good physical and mental health. Schedule doctor and dental checkups early.
2. Review all of the information. Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives.
3. Mark your calendar. Make a note of important dates, especially back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
4. Make copies. Make copies of all your child’s health and emergency information for reference.
5. Buy school supplies early. Try to get the supplies as early as possible and fill the backpacks a week or two before school starts.
6. Re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines. Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least 1 week before school starts.
7. Turn off the TV. Encourage your child to play quiet games, do puzzles, flash cards, color, or read as early morning activities instead of watching television.
8. Visit school with your child. If your child is young or in a new school, visit the school with your child. Meeting the teacher, locating their classroom, locker, lunchroom, etc., will help ease pre-school anxieties.
9. Minimize clothes shopping woes. Buy only the essentials. Summer clothes are usually fine during the early fall, but be sure to have at least one pair of sturdy shoes.
10. Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Designate a spot for your children to place their school belongings as well as a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see.
11. Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first week of school.

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