It’s time to kick off the flip flops, dust off the backpack, pull up your socks and get ready for the new school year! Making the transition from summer to school can be difficult for children — and parents! Be prepared for and enter the school year with confidence!
Check out these 10 tips to help get your family back on track and ready for the school year:
1. One Last Hurrah!
Plan a special day for your family just before school starts as a way to celebrate the end of summer. This will allow the kids to feel a sense of closure for the summer.
Fun Family Activities:
- Picnic at a local park
- Beach Day
- Family Hike
- Neighborhood BBQ
2. Out With the Old, in With the New
Clear out a homework workstation for you child and have it away from distractions such as TV or toys. Create a place where they can go to focus on studying and doing their homework.
Go through their school supplies list. Recycle old school supplies from previous years, and purchase only what is needed on the Class List.
Parents – make sure school forms are filled out and ready to hand in. Also, be sure that your child’s annual checkups and immunizations are in order.
With new materials and necessary tools , kids will have a proper foundation to succeed.
3. Stimulate their Brain with a Casual Quizzing
A few weeks before the first day of school start to grease up the brain’s gears. If you make Italian food for dinner, ask your child to calculate the nutritional value of the meal, quiz them on kitchen measuring tools, spell words such as “gnocchi” or “penne,” or talk about capital cities in Italy.
Incorporate “pop quizzes” into your child’s day with math facts, spelling questions, history facts or geography questions to warm up for the upcoming school year. Online brain games are a good option too – they can do crossword puzzles, word scrambles or Sudoku.
4. Get Back into Routine
In the kitchen start the morning with a healthy breakfast, serve lunch at a regular time and get into the routine of a hearty, early dinner.
The first few weeks of school are exiting, but also stressful as your child adjusts to new experiences, people and classes. Being well rested can help children make the transition, cut down on stress and ensure that they are ready to focus and learn.
Regulating your family’s internal clocks will help ease the transition from the carefree days of summer to the tight, rigorous academic schedule. Send kids to bed 15 minutes earlier each night, and wake them up a little closer to the usual school start time.
5. Prepare The Overview of Their Summer
The very first thing that teachers do is ask the same time-honored question: “What did you do this summer?” Why not prepare your kids with a solid answer? Have your children collect their thoughts, review summer photographs, and jot down notes so they’re ready when the teacher pops the question.
6. Fresh and Healthy Lunch Plan
Brainstorm new and healthy lunch ideas with your children. Come up with an exciting menu for the first week of school and stock the fridge with all the ingredients you’ll need. Planning will help avoid the early-morning scramble. Build your menus around sale items, in-season fruits and vegetables, and family favorites.
Be eco-friendly and crafty and give your child a unique, reusable, personalized lunch bag. Consider making the switch to reusable silverware.
Pack a little note of encouragement along with their food, so they know you are thinking about them. A little note goes a long way.
Be conscious of any foods that are not allowed in your child’s classroom due to food allergies. Most schools will make you aware of any policies they may have in place.
The second your kids get home from school, you know they’re going to be hungry. You don’t want them munching on junk, though. Make sure you have smart snacks lined up.
7. Back-to-School Clothes
The first day of school is an important event on the fashion front. Focus on one back-to-school outfit as opposed to a bunch of wardrobe builders. Find the perfect outfit and set it out the night before. This helps build anticipation for the big day and saves precious time in the morning.
Buy your child some fresh new kicks. With a brand-new pair of tennis shoes, kids will look forward to the new school year with eager anticipation.
8. Celebrate the Beginning of School With a Classmate Pizza Party
Celebrate the start of school with a get-together the first weekend of the school year. Planning a party will give your child something to look forward to, and it’s a great way to reconnect with peers and set the foundation for friendships that will stay with your child throughout the year.
9. Let your child show off her unique style
Start the school year with a customized notebook or folder. Maybe add embellishments to their backpack (pins, patches, name badge) so they feel unique and special. Having one-of-a-kind possessions will make your child stand out, feel special, and set the tone for the rest of the school year.
10. Give them lots of Love and Positive Encouragement!
Academically, SRVUSD currently ranks 6th among all unified school districts in California. It is the highest ranking unified school district in the state with enrollments of 9,000 or more. Over 94% of our graduating seniors attend college or university, and are accepted into the University of California and the California State University systems at rates far exceeding state averages. Furthermore, the district has been recognized for its excellence through such honors as the coveted State Department of Education’s Distinguished Schools Award (schools in the district have received this honor more than 50 times, more than any other district in northern California), and through recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.