How do you get ready for the first day of school?

Posted by Rachel Southmayd on August 5, 2013 

It’s hard to believe but students across York County are just 15 days away from the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. The Herald will be back-to-school blogging twice a day from now until school gets underway, sharing anything and everything back-to-school related.

To kick this blog off, the National Association for School Psychologists has a great list of tips to help get your kids and your family ready to start a new school year. You can see the full list on the NASP's website. But I included some of the ones I don’t know that would have ever occurred to me…

“Turn off the TV. Encourage your child to play quiet games, do puzzles, flash cards, color, or read as early morning activities instead of watching television. This will help ease your child into the learning process and school routine. If possible, maintain this practice throughout the school year. Television is distracting for many children, and your child will arrive at school better prepared to learn each morning if he or she has engaged in less passive activities.”

“Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first week of school.”

“Clear your own schedule. To the extent possible, postpone business trips, volunteer meetings, and extra projects. You want to be free to help your child acclimate to the school routine and overcome the confusion or anxiety that many children experience at the start of a new school year.”

“Arrange play dates. Try to arrange get-togethers with some of your child’s classmates before school starts and during the first weeks of schools to help your child re-establish positive social relationships with peers.”

Then there are the more obvious tips: reestablish a mealtime and bedtime routine, familiarize yourself with the school and staff, discuss your child’s fears with him or her before and after the first day and show enthusiasm for learning and heading back after a summer off.

What are some of your favorite tips for getting ready for the first day of school? Share with us!

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