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Back-to-school time can feel like a juggling act for parents. There are many things to think about, plan for and organize when kids return to school: updated school supplies, new clothes, academic programs, after-school activities and more. But the good news is that all of this planning is worth it.
A well-organized back-to-school routine helps your child get off to a great start. After all, you want them to have a fantastic school year. Here are five final checks to complete before your child returns to school.
1. Organize Your Child’s School Supplies
Organizing backpacks is an excellent way for kids to feel more organized when they return to school. When you organize their school supplies ahead of time, children will feel prepared for the new school year when they head back to class on Monday morning. You can organize their supplies by grouping them by type (such as pencils or rulers).
Once you’ve sorted everything, make sure it’s all neatly packed with labels on each backpack, so it’s easy for your child to find what they need when they return to class on Monday morning.
2. Organize Your Child’s Lunch Boxes and Snacks for the Week Ahead
If your child needs lunch boxes or snacks for the week before school starts back up again on Monday morning, you’ll want to have those packed and ready well ahead of time. You don’t want your child coming home from vacation with a full backpack only to realize that they forgot to pack their lunch box or snacks for the week.
3. Plan for the First Few Days of School with Your Child’s Teacher and School Counsellor
If your child is returning from vacation without any homework assignments or tests completed, you’ll probably want to ask their teacher or school counsellor about scheduling a few days of catch-up work. This way, they won’t have any problems catching up during the first few days of school.
4. Give Your Child a Break from Technology
If you have a smartphone or tablet for your children, they need to take a break from those devices to focus on catching up on their schoolwork as the days get closer. If you allow your children to use technology too much during the first few days after vacation, it may be difficult for them to keep up with their homework once school starts again.
5. Get a Gift for Your Child’s Teacher
If you want to help your child get back to school as quickly as possible, you may consider getting them a gift for their teacher. If you know that your child’s teacher is a big fan of the movie Frozen, you may want to consider getting them a Frozen-themed gift for their classroom.
If your child’s teacher is a fan of the Harry Potter series, then you may want to consider getting them a Harry Potter-themed gift for their classroom. You mustn’t go overboard with this; let your child help choose their preferred back to school gifts for teachers. They will choose something they can relate to.
Parents will do anything to help their kids have a smoother return to school. Whether your kids return to school in early September or later, the above are several vital things you can do to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.