Back To School is an exciting time of the year. Hopefully summer has rejuvenated us all so that we can look forward to the start of a productive fall season. However, some of us may need a quick jumpstart to the early morning wake up and the six hour school day. The NJ KIDs team has listed our top ideas for your readiness bucket list:
1. Start early. Establish bedtime routine a week or two before school starts.
2. Buy a reliable alarm clock, and get them used to waking up on their own. No snoozing!
3. Organize clothes drawers by first throwing out those that do not fit (you’ll find half the clothes don’t fit after the summer growth spurt). Donate!
4. Organize a homework area equipped with markers, glue, index cards, computer, and printer. Okay, this sounds like their home office, but it may make them take work seriously.
5. Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.
6. Create an “organization station” in a convenient location by the door. Get one basket for each child for belongings, books, hat, gloves, sport equipment, include hooks for backpacks and coats if possible.
7. Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments. Include big assignments, tests and trips.
8. Print out class schedule and send with child for first few days
9. Eat a good breakfast so that one can concentrate in school. Make a list of favorite food items for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Be equipped.
10. Talk to them about their excitement and fears.
11. Get the kids involved in some of the decision making process. Do forward school/club emails to older kids so they take equal responsibility.
12. Go over house rules particularly the digital game playing and snap chats. Read more on our Parenting Tips on Social Media and Technology.
13. Don’t overbook them, especially the first few weeks of school. Downtime gives kids time to decompose and do homework.
14. Do your bedtime routine unrushed. Pick out clothes the night before, or another idea, for the late risers, let them sleep in their clothes, so they simply wake and go (a serious idea from a staff member’s kids).
16. Plan ahead for the birthday party. Search our Kids Birthday Party Guide.
17. Plan for plenty of rewards for good behavior!
18. If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day.
19. And finally, smile, laugh and stress less cause one day school will be over!
20. Repeat #19. One day, this will all be a blur.