With last-minute shopping completed and another school year only a day away, parents are now thinking about how to help their children prepare for the first day of school. A back-to-school checklist is a great way to ensure that the whole family is ready for this important milestone.
With this in mind, here a list of things parents and guardians should consider before the start of the new academic year, beginning on September 4.
· Adjust sleep schedule: It is common knowledge that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Therefore, a good night’s sleep can improve your child’s focus and academic performance. To achieve this, start by selecting bedtime and wake-up times and try to stick to them. Remember to allocate enough time to get ready in the morning and allow for a 15-minute window to account for any unexpected delays.
· Discuss classroom rules and prepare younger children for new tasks: This is especially important for children who are being introduced to the classroom setting for the first time, as concepts like sitting still, listening, and taking turns may be new to them. Before school reopens, engage in short and focused activities where your children sit down, listen, and complete tasks. These activities can include crafts, science experiments, and nature activities.
Talk about their concerns: The first day of school can be a daunting experience for children of any age, especially those starting high school in a completely new environment. To help ease their nerves, have a sit-down talk with your children to learn if they are anxious about the upcoming school year, particularly if they are expected to take examinations. After hearing their concerns, provide reassurance and encouragement.
· Meal prep: Often overlooked during back-to-school preparations, preparing easy meals ahead of time can help ease the morning rush. Parents can prepare ingredients for a quick and healthy breakfast menu on the weekends. This ensures that children start their day with a nutritious breakfast.
· Transportation and safety: Ensuring the safety and well-being of your children is a top priority for any parent. Arrange for reliable transportation options for picking up kids from school, and if they are old enough to travel independently, teach them road safety. Make sure those responsible for your child’s transportation are trustworthy and prioritise your child’s safety. For those using buses and taxis, provide guidance on staying vigilant while walking to and from bus stops and encourage them to travel in groups for added safety.
This checklist will help parents and guardians ensure a smooth transition into the new school year.