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Back to School Tips

Establish a Routine

Set a time for going to bed and waking up. Allow enough time in the morning for your child to have breakfast, get dressed, and gather their supplies for the day.

Take a school tour

This is especially important if your child is new to a school.

Meet with your child’s teacher

Discuss what will be happening in the classroom and any special needs or situations your child may have. Volunteer to help out in the classroom.

Make sure all school records are up to date

Including any new phone numbers, changes in address, immunization updates, etc.

Get all required examinations

Schedule appointments for sports physicals, immunizations, dental exams, etc. before school starts

Arrange for after school care

Be sure your child knows where they are to go and what they are to do after school. Inform the teacher of these plans also.

Purchase school supplies

Make sure your child has everything they need to get off to a good start. Most schools post school supply lists on their website.

Create a homework center in a quiet space

Stock it with extra school supplies for completing homework.

Practice good nutrition

Good nutrition helps keep children focused, their energies high, and their moods balanced all of which promote learning.

Plan for physical activity

Talk with you child about sports they might be interested in during the school year or other ways to stay physically active like riding bike or going for walks. Set a good example by exercising regularly yourself or with your children.

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