August 13, 2012
You've stocked up on uniforms, notebooks and pencils, but are you really ready for the new school year? Use these guidelines to make sure you've covered all the bases. Get Organized Visit the pediatrician Find our whether your child needs immunizations or a physical exam to participate in school activities. Make an appointment with a pediatrician, if necessary. Plan transportation and child care Arrange a carpool and/or after-school care for your child.
Even if you don't plan to carpool, gather contact information for neighbors and other parents who may be able to help when needed. Mark school events on the calendar Create a master family schedule and add each person's appointments and activities. If you have children at more than once school, plan ahead to make sure a parent is available to attend each open house and family night. Stock up on school supplies Besides buying the supplies on the list provided by your child's teacher, get extras of items your child is likely to misplace, such as glue sticks or scissors.
Think about the items your child may need while doing homework and keep them in a central location. Talk it Over Review the rules Get a copy of the school's guidelines and go over them with your child. Make sure s/he understands all the rules they are expected to follow. Check in regularly Ask your child how they feel about starting school. If she's nervous about making new friends, consider arranging a play date with classmates.
Talk over any issues she's concerned about, such as bullies or cliques. Evaluate extracurricular activities Talk with your child about extracurricular activities. Select fun activities that teach new skills, but avoid overscheduling your family or your child. Taking on too many activities can cause anxiety and distract children from schoolwork. Meet Teachers and Staff Visit the school before classes start Call the school to arrange a time for you and your child to meet his new teacher.
Take your child on a tour of the school so he knows how to find his classrooms, the cafeteria and the office. Talk with the teacher Find out whether the teachers prefers to communicated by phone, e-mail or written notes. Let the teacher know about things in your child's life that may affect her performance, such as health problems, a recent move or family changes. You might also mention your child's hobbies or special interests.
Learn about school resources Find out which professionals the school has on staff and what services they provide. Ask about the best way to get in touch with the principal, school counselor, or other staff members you may need to contact. Make contact with the parent group The PTA will have lots of information about the school, including nuances and tips that aren't written down anywhere else. o Source: schoolfamily.com
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