First day of school! Ahh! It’s the most wonderful time of year. It’s time to get excited about school! The kids are all revved up for their first day of school, and so are the parents. There is a lot that needs to be done before the first day arrives. But don’t worry, this blog post will take care of everything for you! We’ll tell you what to do in preparation for your child’s first day in school: from getting their supplies ready and setting up a morning routine, to packing lunches and organizing homework assignments.
13 things to do before your child’s first day of school
Parents, being the most important people in a child’s educational life, do more than merely drop their children off at school. To help you in figuring what those additional school-related works are, here is the list!
Prepare the school supplies
It is your child’s first day of school so have all their supplies prepared. As an example, have the pencil box stocked with the appropriate number of sharpened pencils and pens. Make sure to include a ruler for math class as well as some erasers or stamps for art classes.
Prepare their morning routine
It is important that your child gets into a simple morning routine on school days so they can prepare themselves mentally. They must wake up, take a bath, brush their teeth and wear their uniforms. The uniforms must be neatly ironed the previous day to not cause any delay in the morning. They should have a breakfast that contains complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Most importantly, they must set their alarm clock so you can wake them up on time.
Prepare for lunchtime
During the first day of school year, your child will need to bring their own food every day. Make sure to pack a delicious lunch on their first day of school and as well as throughout their school days. There are many interesting recipes to choose from, and your child will be excited about their lunch.
Check out your child’s school before their first day
Before your children go to school for the first time, it is important that you visit their new classroom. It will make them feel more comfortable and prepared for their day ahead if they know what to expect when they get there: who else will be in each of their classes; where things are located within the room; and a little about how long the day will last.
Talk to your child about what to expect in the school day
Talk to your child about what they can expect on the school day. What time do you need to get up? Is there a bus that will take them and their friends from the neighborhood to the school? Where is it located, how long does it take by foot or car, etc.? Talk and explain how to respect fellow students, make friends, punctually, giving respect to teachers, etc.
Teach them their subjects
Teaching your child some basics about their subjects in the curriculum will prepare them ahead. You can also buy them some books regarding that and make them read them. This will help your child while interacting with the teacher. Your child will have an idea about the subjects and will feel curious about learning more.
Set goals for your child
Set realistic and achievable goals for your child. Write them down in a journal or planner so that they become more aware of the steps and make an achievement goal board to encourage your kids.
Excite your child about the first day of school
Your child might feel nervous about going to a new school and meeting new people. So tell them how amazing going to school is. Tell them about the sports activities, music classes, drawing classes, etc that are a part of their curriculum. Tell them how school field trips and picnics will be super fun. Your child’s excitement is important.
Tell them how teachers will help them
If your child is nervous about meeting their new teacher, tell them how teachers will take care of them. Tell your child teachers will guide them and will behave in a good manner. Make sure to tell positive things about the teacher so that your child will engage with them.
Assist their summer assignments
While your child was enjoying their summer, they may have gotten behind. Help them catch up by assisting with homework and giving them assignments to work on over the break. If your child attends their first day of school without completing assignments, they might have to face a negative comment from the teacher. Don’t let it happen.
Help out at school
Volunteering is a great way to show kids how much you care about their education. You can volunteer as an aide in classrooms or offer help in the lunchroom, library, gymnasium, or playground. Volunteerism is a great way to assist your child with their education while also giving back to the school and community around them.
Plan for transportation
If your child needs help getting to school each day, make sure they have an up-to-date bus pass in hand on the first day of school. If you’re planning to drop them off at school daily, then it’s good to go. But when you allow them to travel on the school bus, they can make more friends. So choose which one your child is comfortable with.
Read the parent manuals and school rules
Every school has its own set of guidelines and rules for parents to navigate. This is a great way to make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest information. It will teach about how your child can be supported in all areas of schooling, including academics, behavior, discipline, and more. As a parent, knowing these things beforehand will help you in informing your child what and what not to do.
So, these are the important things to do before the first day of school. As a parent, you should know all about what’s going on with your child and how they can be supported in their schooling environment. Do not feel pressured because it might at first seem like a huge responsibility, but you can still make it work out easily!
All the best to you and your little one for the big day!