Where did the summer go? It is hard to believe, but local elementary to high school students and families will be heading back to school in the next few weeks. Students in Baltimore County Public Schools, Howard County Public Schools, and Fredrick County Public Schools will be heading back to school on August 24th. Faculty and students in the Baltimore City Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Schools and Charles County Public Schools will be back in the classroom on August 31st.
The beginning of the school year is always a rough time for children and parents. Children are justifiably nervous about going to school, having a new teacher, new classroom and making new friends and parents are in turn nervous for their children! Parents should have a positive attitude about going back to school and share their enthusiasm about learning, reading and school with their children.
Back to School Organization Tips
Back to School Tips for Kids
The first few weeks of transitioning from summer vacation to back to school week can be daunting for children and parents. The best advice for everyone in the family is to create a routine for the school year and stick with it as much as possible. The daily routine should be set for morning routines, after-school activities and play dates, homework and bedtime.
- It is very important that the child gets enough sleep. School aged children should have at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Adjust the child’s bedtime earlier the week before school starts to get the children used to their school year schedule.
- Children should help shop for their back to school supply list, their backpack and lunch box.
- Now that summer is over, it is time to get your child back in the healthy eating habit. Pack healthy snacks and lunches for the child. Set a time to pack lunches with your child’s assistance.
- Have a designated spot to put backpacks every day when the school day is over. Parents and children should go through the backpack together in order to get homework assignments, notes from the school and any other information. Make sure that completed assignments get placed in the backpack every evening.
Back to School Tips for Parents
Getting your child prepared for school for the first time requires planning and practice. There are many things that need to be taken care of before the child goes back to school as well as during the first week of classes. If you follow these back to school tips for parents, the first day of school won’t be so stressful:
- Attend back-to-school open houses, “meet the teacher” events and parent/teacher conferences. Have an open communication channel with the child’s teacher via email or in person conferences. Get involved in the school activities. If able, volunteer to help with the child’s class or at school events.
- Make sure that the children’s forms, including permission slips, health forms and back to school supply lists are completed and organized. Keep these items together in a folder (per child) or scan them into the computer for safe keeping.
- Try to be as organized as possible with family and school activities. Create a family calendar to list school assignment due dates, meeting dates, activities, play dates, etc. Encourage the children to add to the calendar and check it daily.
- Develop the back to school routine that includes morning, after-school homework and evening activities. Allow your child time to “decompress” after school and play before delving into homework.
- Have a designated spot for homework. It should be a clean flat surface with good lighting and free from distractions such as the TV, video games and other family members. Place homework supplies (pencils, paper, glue sticks, etc.,) near the homework spot, so a child can easily grab what they need.
ezStorage created the Ultimate Back to School Guide for Parents as an easy checklist for back to school time. There are many things that both children and parents need to do during the first week of classes and this guide helps parents to stay organized. Once families are in the full swing of the school year, sports or other extra-curricular activities clutter can begin to build in your once organized space. Consider renting a self storage unit to place sporting equipment, extra supplies and children projects to help keep your home organized. ezStorage sends best wishes to students and families for a great school year!