Back to School with Kelly Mize: Part 4

School Supplies


Today we’re talking getting organized for school as a parent. Here are some quick tips. 

  • As soon as a supply list is released, grab it and go! The sooner you are done, the better. Starting early also allows ample time to locate those hard-to-find items.
  • Designate a place to study at home. Will your children work at the kitchen table, at a desk, or in a comfy chair in the family room? Will you allow TV before homework is done?
  • Decide whether you will drive your child to school, carpool, or let her ride a bus. Make all arrangements well before the start of school.
  • Make arrangements for before and after-school care if necessary.
When the right plans are implemented, stress caused by the start of a new school year can be minimal. Follow your well-laid back-to-school lesson plans. The outcome of your preparation will be a well-rounded student and a successful and stress-free educational experience for both parent and child.
Back-to-School Checklist
  1. Enroll your child (if she is not already registered from the previous year).
  2. Arrange a time for you and your child to meet his new teachers and tour the school.
  3. Read (yes, actually read!) the school handbook.
  4. Review the school’s dress code and purchase supplies and needed clothing and shoes.
  5. Make sure your child has all required immunizations. Also consider scheduling a physical exam /vision check-up before school starts.
  6. Notify the school about any allergies, health problems, or medications.
  7. Arrange for your child to play with others in her age group before classes start.
  8. Discuss your child’s feelings about starting school and talk over any concerns.
  9. Have your child memorize your home address and home and work phone number.
  10. Arrange transportation and after-school activities.
  11. Determine where and when your child will do homework.
  12. Establish a firm bedtime.


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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