It’s the middle of summer, and the upcoming school year is probably the last thing on your mind. But even as you soak up the sunshine, it’s not too early to think about your children’s return to school when summer ends. Planning ahead and preparing for the new school year now will eliminate a lot of stress when school starts in late August or early September.
Here’s a checklist of things to do to make the transition back to school smoother for your kids — and you.
- Make appointments with your family doctor and dentist for your children’s annual checkups.
- Remember to ask your doctor to update immunizations and complete any forms your children need to participate in school sports.
- Update information you have for important school contacts.
- Get important school dates, including “meet-the teacher” events and student orientation, on your calendar.
- Check out bus schedules and routes, or plan alternative methods of transportation to school. Talk to your children about staying safe when catching and riding the bus or walking to school.
- Work with your children to develop an emergency contact list. Also discuss things like after-school and sick-day plans.
- Develop menus and grocery lists to ensure your kids eat healthy foods at home and at school.
- Make sure your children have the right supplies and clothes or uniforms ready for school.
- Two or three weeks before the first day of school, start talking with your children about the need to break summer habits, such as staying up late and sleeping in, when school starts.