Now is the time to get ready for the start of the new school year

The start of school is just around the corner, so now’s the time to make sure everything is in order at your house.

The start of school is just around the corner, so now’s the time to make sure everything is in order at your house.

This involves having initial back-to-school supplies on hand, after-school activities and care are arranged, and you’ve established a quiet, orderly place in your home for your student to keep school papers and study.

Fill Out All Those Forms Now

Does your school send home emergency and informational forms for you to fill out?

Don’t wait until the night before school starts to get these ready. Are your emergency contacts up to date? Do you need to ask another friend or relative to be your emergency contact this year?

Be sure to leave yourself time during the week before school to get the information you need to properly fill out these important forms.

Set Expectations and Routines

Have a night-time routine and stick to it. Begin it in August so kids are accustomed to it when school starts.

Suggestions include: no television Sunday to Thursday nights, instant message only after homework is done, no texting or instant messaging after a certain hour, read for at least 20 minutes before bed.

If they can keep up good grades, allow them to go back and forth. It’s the way of the world now.

Keep this in mind when enforcing that students do not text or instant message while doing their homework. Know your child. Some are able to multitask and some are not.

A week or so before school starts, talk through with your kids what they envision their schedule will be like. For younger children, explain the schedule and how the days will be organised.

For secondary school children, ask them to explain what their schedule will be like - what classes they are taking, what extracurricular activities, work schedule, etc.

Help them think ahead as to how to handle their responsibilities.

When will they block out time for homework? When will they block out time to practice? Help them make sure the schedule is ‘realistic’.

Talk About School Changes With Your Child

If your child is changing schools or going to a new school for the first time, remember that it can be very anxiety provoking.

This anxiety can manifest itself in several ways. Watch for it and be supportive.

Parents need to prepare for school too

Parent involvement in schools matters. Parents should think about the level of involvement they can commit to for the year.

Whether one field trip or volunteering weekly, figure out the level of involvement you can commit to and stick with it.