As summer is coming to a close, we're getting ready and excited for back to school. My kids couldn't be happier for school to begin again, ready to meet their new teachers and classmates. Here are five ways to help your children get ready for school and start the year off on the right foot.
1. Clothes Shopping
This is an important part of starting a new school year. I remember my school experience growing up; getting that new outfit for the first day of school was a pretty big deal. My mom would take pictures of each child in front of our house just before heading out the door. I've carried on that tradition with my own children. Here's my daughter posing in her lovely new heart dress. Doesn't she look ready for school with that smile?
2. Reading Books
We've been keeping up with our reading all through the summer. Now that we're getting close to the new school year, I'm sharing a few of my favorite back to school books with my kids. There are so many fun books that share stories about school, how children are scared or nervous to start, how teachers are getting ready for the new school year too, and how to become a good friend to your classmates. These types of books are great to start reading just before school is about to start.
3. Choosing a Backpack
Choosing a backpack for school can be an important decision. It's something that children take with them to school everyday. Most children want their backpacks to be something cute and stylish, but as a parent, I want it to be functional as well. A backpack serves as the portal between home and school. It's important to think about a few things as you're choosing a backpack. Is it big enough to hold all their papers, folders, and books? Is it too big, will it weigh them down? Does it have enough pockets? Is there a place for lunch money and pencils? Keep these tips in mind while helping to pick out your child’s backpack for school.
4. Visiting the School
It is always a good idea to take your child on a little tour around the school grounds. If the school is open, head to the office and make sure it's okay to take a walk to each of your child's classrooms. If you're within a week or so of school starting, there's a good chance your child's teacher will be in there and they can meet them a little early. Even if you're only able to walk around the halls or playground, it's a good idea to help your child familiarize themselves with their new surroundings, especially if it's a new school.
5. Lunch and After School Snacks
With school starting soon, you'll want to stock up on lunch box and after school snacks. Children spend most of their days learning and playing and need to refuel at lunch and after school. Here are just a few fun ideas of snacks to have on hand for your hungry school kids.
Hopefully with these back to school tips, your children will be ready and excited for the new school year to begin.