Back-to-School Tips-Parents, Students & Educators!

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It’s August and it’s school time again! Are you ready for it?

We know the beginning of every school year can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. Parents, students, and educators are preparing to make the school year effective and fun! To help you get ready for back to school, we listed a few tips to make the transition from summer to school a little easier!

 

For parents

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1. Give Kids Time To Adjust

Your kids will often have a hard time making the back-to-school transition regardless if their summer was jam-packed with activities or filled with complaints about being bored with nothing to do. As parents, before school starts, it is important to give kids time to adjust with any new or unsettling situation – like starting school for the first time or entering a new school or new grade. Take a tour of the school together with your kids, meet the teacher and practice pick up and drop off. It will really help your kids to know what is going to happen on that first day. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school and that it will be an everyday routine in no time.

2. Communicate

Talk to your kids about what worries them and offer support. Are they afraid they won’t make new friends or get along with their teachers? Is the thought of schoolwork stressing them out? Or are they worried about the bully from last year? By talking to them means you are building connection and bridging the gap. Your kids will feel that you are not just a parent but also a best friend whom they could trust and share something with.

Tell them to focus on the positive things about going back to school such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies, getting involved in their favorite sports and other activities and showing off new clothes or accessories if your child wears a uniform.

3. Get Organized

Many working moms and dads don’t have the flexibility so to help ease back-to-school butterflies for both you and your kids, make sure to:

Adjust your schedule to make the transition smoother. It is beneficial for you to arrange your evenings so you can give kids as much time as they need and cuts back on stress and chaos for the mornings.
Implement a consistent school-night routine for your kids a few days before school starts. School night routine must include doing homework, preparing school bag, school attire and school essentials like paper, pens, highlighters, crayons, binders, notebooks, books, manuals, calculators, etc.
Have your kids sleep, wake up, and eat breakfast at the same time every day.
Sit down with your kids and together, set up a homework station and decide the best time for them to do their homework each day. The place must be quite like in the den or even in the kitchen while you are preparing dinner and always be ready in case they need your help. A wall calendar which is reachable for your kids is a must-have to record to-dos for the day or the following days, when assignments are due, test will be given, extracurricular practices/rehearsals will be held, etc. You may prepare cute star magnets for them to label tasks which are already done to make it more fun and engaging!
4. Shop For School Supplies Together

In Florida, all families can buy back-to-school clothes, bags, shoes, wallets, supplies including computers and pay no sales tax on August 2 – 6!Grab this chance and enjoy school shopping with your kids and involve them by giving them choices. Kids have their own taste and they love to pick out their own outfits and school stuff!

5. Make An After-School Game Plan

Sometimes, school and studying can be stressful. Depending on your kid’s age and maturity, ask them about their day and make a plan for where they can go and enjoy after a tiring day at school. Figure out if they want to go to your neighbor’s house, play with friends, eat ice cream or spend time at the park.  This will help alleviate your kids’ mood to help them study well at night and most of all avoid burnout. Also, always make it clear to establish clear rules.

6. Yearly Checkup

School and germs go hand in hand so it’s best to get your child’s yearly checkup before school even starts. Get any required vaccination and ask your pediatrician the best way your kids can stay healthy throughout the school year.

 

For Students

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1. Be Prepared

Whether you’re an anxious new freshman or a confident senior, heading back to school signals a time of transition: new classes, new schedules, new teachers, new emotions, and a new social scene! Being prepared will beat the rush and combats first-day school chaos. Score your school supplies early and know which type of bag best suits your needs and your style this school year. Know that each school has a different opening drill. Some start with homeroom or an assembly and others may jump right into the first-period class. If it’s a new campus, make sure to take a tour before school starts, have an overview of the course syllabus, class rules, what the semester will be like, etc.

2. Get Organized

Clean your room the day before school starts because when you go back to school, you won’t have as much time for things like cleaning. This will also give you a clean and relaxing place after a long day at school.
Choose your outfit and lay them out beside your bed. Choosing the right outfit on your first day will make you feel great and comfortable.  You can even plan out 5 cute outfits to keep the first week of school stress-free. Make sure they’re comfortable and you like them. If your school enforces a uniform policy, you can still look fashionable by wearing accessories. Just make sure you’re not breaking any policy rules by modifying it!
Pack your bag the night before school starts so you’re not scrambling around the last minute looking for what you need. Your bag must have your list of basic school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, a calculator, and school forms like permission slips, class schedules, etc.
Make a plan for success and implement a consistent school-night routine.  What worked last year may not be a perfect fit this year so be open to new ideas and be willing to make adjustments as necessary. Make it a habit to have a consistent school-night routine such as studying or reviewing your notes, doing homework and organizing things you need for tomorrow before going to bed. A wall calendar is a must-have to record to-dos, when assignments are due, exam week, extracurricular practices/rehearsals will be held, etc. to help you stay on track and be more productive!


3. Get at least 8 hours of sleep And Wake Up Bright And Early

4. Eat A Full, Nutritious Breakfast

5. Get to school at least 15 minutes early. This will give you time to find out where your classes are and you might even spark a conversation with a new friend!

6. Actively Participate In The Class. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and keep good notes.

7. Look Up For Clubs And Sports You Are Interested In Joining. Clubs and Sports are a great way to nurture interests you already have and a perfect outlet to meet people operating on a similar wavelength. If you’re really interested in something there isn’t already a club for, you might want to start a school club yourself!  

8. Be Yourself

9. Be Sure To Unwind Once You Get Home!

 

For Educators

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Like other first days in your life, your first day as a teacher will have you feeling excited and anxious in equal measures. Don’t worry too much, though. Even experienced teachers feel anxious about facing new students at the beginning of each school year. Just take a deep breath, be confident and read the startup tips to help you make a positive first impression!

1. Have A Plan

The secret to success is planning. Make sure that you are prepared for the day by writing down a general guideline of what you want to accomplish on the first day. It’s not really necessary that you follow it to the “T” but it will help you have an idea of what comes next.

2. Welcome Your Students

Arrive early and write your name on the board so students can learn it right away. Greet your students with a smile and a pleasant “Good morning!” and invite them to find their desired desk as soon as they arrive.

3. Get To Know Each Other

One of the most important things that you have to remember for the first day is to take the time to really get to know your students. This will show them that you care and that you value them, and want to know all there is to know about them. Make the first day of school fun by doing some fun ice-breaking activities to put everyone at ease or by reading a funny first-day-of-school story.

4. Establish Rules and Routines

Introduce the class rules and the most important classroom routines in a positive way. Explain, discuss, and give students a chance to practice such routines. Make sure that rules and routines will be posted in a visible spot in the classroom so that students can reference them when needed.

5. Let Them See You Laugh

Have a sense of humor. Laughter is a powerful tool to use in the classroom to effectively keep your students engaged. It has the power to help students learn. If you want to win over your students on day one, then make them laugh!

 

 

School is a place to make friends, try new things, and learn skills like organization and decision making that will come in handy for the rest of your life. To ensure kids get the most out of school, maintain an open channel of communication with the teachers. Know your kids’ performance and discuss their academic strengths as well as their weaknesses so you will be able to guide them accordingly at home.