Getting Ready for Back to School
From Sunrise Valley Elementary School Counselors
The month before school begins
- Ensure that your child is finishing (and finishing well) any summer homework that has been assigned.
- Visit your local library with your child. Check out books about going back to school. Some books to consider: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child (preschool to grade 2), Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell, First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg (kindergarten to grade 3, starting a new school)
- Plan some play dates for your child before school starts. Often kids get disconnected from their school friends during the summer because they don’t see them every day. Help them reconnect by inviting old school friends over to play.
- Decide on a quick family getaway. Visit an amusement park, a state park, or a water park, and have fun as a family.
Two weeks before school starts…
- Review the basics. Do your young kids remember their ABCs? Do your incoming fourth graders remember the multiplication table? Review them.
- Help kids clean up their rooms. Many become disasters over the summer. Now is the time to get them organized so that your child can easily find his or her clean clothes.
- Set up a homework time now. Get kids in the habit of reading books during the homework time so that when school starts, they’re ready to start doing homework again.
One week before school starts...
- Start changing your child’s sleep and eating schedules to match the school’s schedule. Most kids have gotten into a summer schedule where they sleep in late and eat breakfast and lunch at odd hours.
- Go to any orientations and meet-your-teacher events so that your child knows what to expect from the new school year.
- Create a route for getting to school. Even if your child rides a bus, get a copy of the bus schedule and follow it with your car. That way your child can see where the bus goes and where it stops. (Some kids get very anxious about their bus routes.)
- Take your child grocery shopping. Together, find healthy foods for snacks and school lunches.
- Create a homework space. Find a place for your kids to do homework. If it’s a
designated space for homework (such as a desk in their room), help them set it up with supplies. If it’s a shared space, create a folder, backpack, or box where they can keep track of their homework supplies.
- Get excited about school starting. When kids see that you value education, they’ll be more apt to value it as well.