Although it seems that summer has just arrived, all too soon the lazy days of summer will slip away and it will soon be time to prepare for going back to school. Here are some tips to make the transition easier.
For Primary School Children
Adjust to the new routine
Ease into the school-year schedule. Getting back into the school routine can be a challenge for everyone in the family. To make the adjustment easier, start early.
• A few weeks before school starts, move bedtime back to an earlier time.
• Put a positive spin on going back to school. Talk about the fun things your child will learn, the old friends they’ll see and the new friends they’ll make.
• If your child is anxious about starting the next class, reassure him or her that other children have these feelings too.
• Don’t make plans for big trips right before the start of school.
• Establish school-day schedules for homework, TV, baths and bedtime.
• Arrange play dates with friends from school to re-establish connections that may have been dropped for the summer, or to create new ones.
Take advantage of the slower pace during your time away from school to set up for the busy school year ahead.
• Many schools send out school information and a packet of forms to fill out before school starts. If you can discipline yourself to fill out the paperwork several days before it’s due, you’ll avoid a last-minute panic.
• Have the necessary immunization records available for easy reference.
• Update school emergency contact and health information for the coming year.
• As you read through all the school information, mark important dates (such as back-to-school night, parent-teacher meetings and school holidays) on the family calendar.
• Start a folder for school newsletters and other papers so that you can easily find and refer to them if necessary.
Establish a “get ready the night before” policy. Pick clothes for the next day and pack the schoolbag every evening before bedtime, and you’ll save precious time in the morning.
For Secondary School students
Shop in plenty of time
• For shoes, find a secure and practical pair from a good range of shoe shops. Boys could have sensible lace ups, or classic straps and girls could have some pretty pumps, with belt buckles, twists or plain. Find a pair you love but which are OK for school.
• Get a school bag. Your school bag should have these 3 vital qualitiesBe easy to carry; Small enough to fit wherever you have to put it for storage (like a locker) and big enough to store all your stuff (like books and stationary). And have a design you love.
• You can choose from either – Carriers - Stylish bags a lot of teenage girls like, but some can be quite small so pick a big enough one. Make sure it can be easily slung over your shoulder if you need both your arms free.
Backpacks - Boys most often would want these kind of bags. Your hands are free all the time and there are many sections for you to store stuff in.
Satchels - Simply sling over your shoulder and go. The greatest thing about satchels is that you don’t have to take a bag off your back to get something out you want, you just open it there and then, as there is easy access. Choose the best bag for you.
• Get things to write with and on. It’s fun buying your new pencil case, pens and notebooks as they come in all sorts of varieties and with different pages and colors.
The stationary most teens will need to use in school everyday are: