Back to School with Kelly Mize: Part 2

Did you miss Part 1 yesterday? Here you go!  

Continuing on with our back-to-school prep …

School Supplies

 

 

Objective: Physical Preparation

  • Be sure your child is in good physical health. Make an appointment for a check-up or physical. Discuss any developmental concerns you may have with your pediatrician.
  • Double check to make sure that immunizations are up to date. Often children entering kindergarten need some boosters. If you don’t immunize, you may need a waiver of some sort. Check your state’s enrollment guidelines.
  • Consider having your child’s eyesight and hearing screened before the new school year starts.

Objective: Emotional Preparation

  • Greet the new year with a positive attitude. Children tend to absorb anxiety their parents experience, so it is vital to model optimism and confidence. Let your child know that it is natural to be a little nervous starting anything new, but reassure her that she will soon become familiar with classmates, the teacher, and school routine.
  • Teach your child strategies to manage difficult situations (that may or may not arise) on her own. However, also encourage her to tell you and/or the teacher if a problem persists. Maintain open lines of communication with the school.
  • Discuss any emotional or psychological developmental issues with your pediatrician. Your doctor can help determine if your concerns are normal, age-appropriate issues or if they require further assessment.
  • Try to arrange play dates with some of your child’s classmates before school starts and during the first weeks of schools to help re-establish positive social relationships with peers.
  • If your schedule allows, make plans to volunteer in the classroom periodically throughout the year. This will help your child understand that school and family life are connected and that her education is important. Being present in the school is also a good way to develop a relationship with your child’s teachers and classmates and to gain exposure to the classroom environment and routine.

Do you have a back-to-school routine for your school-aged kids? Any special events you try to do before school starts?

 

Kelly Mize

Kelly Wilson Mize is a wife, mother, and freelance writer living in Huntsville, Alabama. Kelly has a master’s degree in elementary education.

 Photo of school supplies used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons. Click on photo for source. 

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