Ahhh, the school supplies, new clothes, the packed lunches, and the first day jitters—it must be the start of the school year! This is a time for some parents to rejoice while others simply grin and bear it. Here are a few ways to ensure you start off on the right foot with your student’s new teacher…important steps so that your student feels excited and confident about meeting their new teacher and classroom. So take a look and save the jitters for another day.
Attend a school orientation so your child can meet and greet their new teacher as well as the front desk staff and principal. This will help the child feel comfortable with the adults when they walk into school the first day. Some teachers encourage phone calls or emails, so if you’ve got questions, feel free to reach out.
Plan a special shopping trip for everything on your list of supplies. A well-stocked backpack will help prepare the student and reduce last-minute running around town for what you need.
Get Into the Routine
A few days before school starts, begin the new bedtime routine, plan out tomorrow’s outfits, go to bed a little bit earlier, pack lunches. Familiarity with the routine will help ease the kinks so when the big day arrives, you are prepared.
Make sure your student gets plenty of sleep at night and a sizable breakfast in the morning, giving them plenty of energy for the first day.
A Couple Important Things to Pack
Make sure to fill out all required paperwork a few days in advance and include medical contact information and vaccination history.
A small and thoughtful gift for the teacher is a great way to make a nice first impression. A cute box of chocolates or a gift card to a local coffee shop or book store will get your student/teacher relationship started on the right foot.
Plan how your student will get to school. Can they walk or ride their bike? Are you driving or carpooling? Or will they ride the bus? Have a plan in place. Also figure out what the afterschool transportation program is. Will your child return home or have you registered them in an afterschool program?
Call a few other parents and try to track down a friend or two who will be in the same class. A favorite friend can make a big difference in your student’s level of excitement and enjoyment.
These are just a few ways you can prepare your student for their school year. With a little prep work and a few phone calls, that first day should be smooth sailing.
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