It’s that time of year when parents rejoice and children groan. Yes, it’s back-to-school time. But are you and your child prepared for the new year? Here’s how to get you both ready for school:
Children starting school
- Talk to your child about school and point out all the positive things, such as making new friends and participating in sport and other activities.
- Buy all the necessary supplies and put your child’s name on these, as well as on his lunchbox and uniform.
- Write down need-to-know information, such as your contact details, and go over important safety information with your child.
- Try to drop your child off at school on the first day at least, even if you can’t do it every day.
- If you plan to participate in any carpools, start organising a week or so ahead of time. Find out whether the school has information about other learners who live in your area.
- Figuring out where your children will go after school can be challenging, especially if both parents work. Start arranging after-school activities or care as soon as possible.
- Most of the above tips still apply.
- During the holidays, children usually stay up late and sleep in. About two weeks before school starts, try to get your children to go to bed 30 minutes earlier and then get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning.
- Get your children to try on last year’s uniform to see whether it still fits. Go shopping for the items that have to be replaced.
- Make sure there is a quiet place in your house where your child can do his homework.
- Use a wall calendar to keep track of everyone’s assignments, tests, activities and social events.
Don’t forget to:
- take your child for any necessary immunisations;
- inform teachers about any medical conditions, allergies, asthma, diabetes and so on; and
- make an appointment with teachers if your child has any learning disabilities.