kids getting on school busBy Greta Jenkins

School time is fast approaching are your ready? Our school checklist can help!

1. Buy school supplies purchase a few each week to ease the strain on your budget

2. Buy school clothes or uniforms what fashion style is popular for school year 2015 16?

3.  Practice your school mornings routine- get up early like you have to go to school, get dressed, and eat breakfast, travel to the school , so you can time it to make sure you can get to school on time.

4. The week before school go to bed as if it was a school night and get up as if it was a school day. This gets your body used to the upcoming schedule so you can do your best right from the start

5. Tour the school grounds or campus to acclimate yourself to your school and where your classes will be held.

6. Attend school orientation if offered by your school

7. Check out your school’s website so that you know what information they offer and how to find it

8. Make an emergency plan so kids and parents know what to do and where to meet up if there is need

9. Read anything, it keeps your brain engaged and hones your reading skills

10. Do puzzles to help keep your brain nimble

11. Make a plan for childcare if a child is sick, or needs to be picked up early from school.

12. Checkout your school’s extra curricular activities to see which you would like to join or try out for.

13. Fill in a calendar for the school year including sporting events; the day’s school is closed for holidays, and teacher workdays, etc.

14. Find out how your school announces weather school closures

15. Make sure your immunizations are up to date

16. Get a physical for sports participation

17. Buy a back pack or book bag to carry your books and supplies

18. Find out what kind of computer your school uses and practice using that type of computer at the library or other appropriate location

19. Do at least 20 minutes of exercise daily to get your body in shape for physical education classes.

20. Practice for any school sports you plan to play, find out the try out dates and requirements

21. Write a composition to hone you writing skills

22. Play a spelling game to sharpen your mind and avoid brain drain

23. Do one math problem a day to stay in practice and improve your math skills

24. Rent fun DVD’s about school life o get in the mood to return to school

25. Make a plan about how you will handle it if you are bullied or witness others being bullied, what will you say and do?

26. Make a plan about how you will handle peer pressure to do something you don’t want to do or something that is wrong. What will you say? What will you do? Read How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed

27. Make a list of healthy lunches and snacks your can make and take to school

28. Make a plan about what food to choose at school lunch and snacks if you eat at school

29. Find our your school’s dress code

30. Learn the names and contact information (phone and email) for your teacher, school principal and other school officials

31. Find a homework help source

32. Find out if your school or community offers free or low cost tutors

33. Make sure you have before school and after school day care if need

34. . Learn the bus route to your school if applicable

35. Have a child with special need or disabilities? Find our your school systems policies, updates and changes

36. Play scrabble to hone your vocabulary and spelling skills

37. Visit the library and read books there to get in habit of studying outside your home

38. Play cards and have the kids be the score keepers to use math skills and avoid brain drain

39. Have the kids pay for an item(s) at a store check out to hone their money and budget skills

40. Have a family cooks night where everyone must make something for the meal to home life skills.

41. Take a city bus or subway to and from school so that you have the experience before school starts

42. Find out if you need a parking permit for school if appropriate.

43. Write a thank you note to practice your handwriting and writing skills.

44. Wear new school shoes around the house for couple of days to avoid, “Ouchy” feet the first days of school.

45. Draw hopscotch on your driveway or play jump rope to practice for the school yard

46. Find out if you school offers cub scouts and/or girl scouts if your children want to join

47. Practice walking to school and back home if appropriate

48. Make sure you school knows who can pick up your child, and has emergency contact information for your family

49. Arrange for any needed (special) summer study so that your child is ready for the grade they are entering

50. Relax in the pool, lie in the grass and watch the stars, play tag, and just play so you are rested and ready for the new school year.

Jennifer Cummings

Ms. Cummings, author, and editor of the Education and School Section, she has a psychology and an M.Ed. in special education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts. She was an elementary teacher in Massachusetts serving both regular education and special education students. She has taught grades 1,4, and 5.

"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings. CummingsGeneral EducationElementary School Age ChildrenBy Greta Jenkins School time is fast approaching are your ready? Our school checklist can help! 1. Buy school supplies purchase a few each week to ease the strain on your budget 2. Buy school clothes or uniforms what fashion style is popular for school year 2015 16? 3.  Practice your...Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids