It’s all in the Prep Work
By Leah Stettler-Schug
Getting ready for the first day of school starts long before the first bell rings. School supplies need to be purchased, new clothes need to be tried on, and papers need to be signed. But its more than that; students can be nervous and parents can be anxious, so here are a few tips from a teacher to help start the year on the right foot.
The Get Up and Go
If you’re anything like me, the kid’s bedtimes have gotten later and later, and morning alarm clocks were turned off weeks ago. So, how do you get your mind and body ready to transition back to school you ask? Slowly. Don’t leave it to the last day before school to start going to bed on time. Start prepping your children (and yourself) for those early mornings and enforced bedtimes. For more tips on how to ease back, check out this back to school tips from PBS PBS Back to School Tips.
Back to School Events, Are They Really Important?
YES, YES, YES! Now that your body and book bag are prepped, now come the questions. “Mom, what’s my new teacher like?”, “Will there be a lot of homework?”, “What will my teacher expect?” And instead of making up an answer; the best way to find out is to attend and be active in the back to school activities. Teachers know that these activities are a time to answer questions and get to know each other. One of the most important events you can attend is curriculum night. I know it doesn’t sound exciting to sit and listen to the teacher’s plan for the year, but it will answer most of your questions about the year, what’s expected of your student and how you can help. It is also a wonderful time to ask those burning questions about homework and field trips. On top of all that, teachers are really excited to share all of the details and exciting events of the upcoming school year.
Starting the school year on the right foot can make ever thing a little better. So download the school calendar, the renweb phone app, read all the teacher’s and school’s newsletters, and know what’s going on. And if you have a questions, just ask. Hillside Academy