As any parent knows, going back to school after the long summer holiday can be demanding, with old routines no longer applicable, and the million and one things that need to be purchased. The transition can often be challenging, more so for the parents than the children, and with that in mind, here is a checklist to help ensure that the return to school is a smooth affair.
School Clothing – Definitely not something to leave until the last minute, and by ordering school shorts and other uniform items online, you can save both time and money. The most effective way to do this is to make a list of all the items you require, making sure to select the right sizes, and then you can shop for everything is a single online session. The school handbook would be useful and of course, talking to your child will make you aware of what is required.
Essential Equipment – Pens, pencils, rulers and erasers are all required and you can buy complete student sets, which contain everything they might need for a range of subjects. You might also want to check that any sporting items need replacing, as things like swimming goggles are often misplaced. You could always set your child an assignment where they must make a list of all the things they require, and with this list, you can ensure that nothing is overlooked.
Restore School Sleep Patterns – The summer break is almost two months, and during that time, the children will have adopted a getting up late routine, and who can blame them? The ideal way to prepare for the new term is to start going to bed early about one week prior to the big day, and try to ensure that the child has something to do at that time, which will give an added incentive for the early morning calls.
Homework Assignments – It is unlikely that your children will not have any homework assignments during the summer break, and by bringing this up a few weeks before the start of term, it allows adequate time to complete the work. It might take the form of a project, or some research to ready them for the next academic year, and by clarifying this ahead of time, you can ensure that all assignments are completed.
Prepare Yourself – It is likely that you are taking your children to school, and in that case, you also need to allow extra time in your schedule. The summer holidays affect the parents as much as the children, and by allowing some extra time in the mornings, your schedule will not be adversely affected by the return to school.
The first few days will seem a little strange, although it doesn’t take long to get back into the routine, and hopefully, the above checklist will ensure a smooth changeover from the leisure time to back to school.