A Back to School Checklist

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Be Ready for Back to School!

The start of the school year is just around the corner make sure you’re ready and organized with these simple tips!

A Back to School Checklist

Printable Back to School Checklist by Bird’s Party

  1. Get Organized – make sure you have all of the paperwork in order like enrollment papers, medical and emergency forms, bus schedule… Check if school received everything on time or if there are still forms you need to submit to them like medical, dental or vision forms.
  2. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – go trough your child’s closets, toys, books and see what needs to be donated, thrown out or sold. Make sure that your child reuses (or someone in the family) school supplies from last year that are still good like notebooks, folders, pencils and so on.
  3. Shop for School Supplies and Clothing – take time to go with your child and get all the necessary school supplies, new clothing for the school year, backpack and lunch items. Shop only for stuff they need and if they already have something at home they can reuse only add to that if needed.
  4. Create a Homework Station – decide on the best spot in your home to set up homework station. Take into consideration how involved you need to be with homework and your child’s style. Does he/she focus better with people around or when working on his/her own? Is he/she better suited to sit at a table or curled up on the couch? Once you know what your child needs it will be easier to make this space perfect.
  5. Have Space for School Papers – make a tray or a special folder you can put important papers from school. Things that need to be signed, read, returned and so on.
  6. Make a Calendar for Activities – a separate calendar where you can track your child’s school activities and those after like sports and games.
  7. Ease Back Into Scheduled Days – on vacation kids are used to running around outside until dark each night, shifting to the early morning school bus rush can be a real shock to the system. To ease the transition, about a week before the first day of school, start their bedtime routine about 10 minutes earlier each night and wake them up 10 minutes earlier each morning, every day, until they’re back on track.
  8. Plan Healthy Meals – your child will need energy and good nutrition so sit down with your child and together plan healthy breakfast and school lunch options. When involved kids are more likely to eat better and what you send with them to school.
  9. Help Your Child Prepare for School – discuss how your child feels about starting school. Set goals together for the coming school year. Talk about changes that will happen doing this year. Discuss proper behavior in school, around the school and at home. Have your child memorize your mobile number, home number and address.
  10. Spend One on One With Your Child – just because school is starting doesn’t mean you shouldn’t schedule some one on one time with your kids. The time together will be beneficial to both you and them.

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