While the temperatures outside are still blazing hot, there’s no denying that summer vacation is winding down. Because it’s important that both kids and parents start the school year off on the right foot, here are a few tips to put into action before that first school bell of the year rings.
If your children’s school hasn’t already sent out a reminder that the new school year is approaching, then advertisements for back-to-school sales should be a tip-off.
A 2022 survey found that families were estimated to spend around $864 on average on back-to-school supplies. All those new school uniforms, backpacks, and pencils (kids still use those, right?) can really add up, so it’s important to shop smart.
- Take advantage of discounts. Some clothing stores offer student discounts, and others will offer coupon codes if you sign up for their email list.
- Look for refurbished or used items when it comes to electronics, sports equipment, or textbooks.
- Take advantage of Texas’ sales tax holiday (Aug 11 -13)
- Shop early to have the most options.
Readjust Schedules for School
While one of the perks of summer for many parents and kids is sleeping in, that pretty much comes to a screeching halt once the school year starts. Getting back on schedule might take a little getting used to, so it’s best to start a week in advance.
- Move bedtimes up by 15 to 30 minutes each day until kids are back at their school bedtime.
- Scale back screen time and replace it with a book before bed.
- Ease into a routine with mealtimes that work with school schedules.
Set Learning Goals
Back-to-school is a natural opportunity for your child to set goals for the new school year. This can help students succeed in school and also help them develop the critical life skill of goal-setting.
To help set goals for the upcoming school year, parents and children should sit down and talk about any struggles from the previous year that may need more attention. It’s important that kids don’t feel like only their weaknesses are being focused on, however, and parents should also ask them about their favorite subject and any new skills related to it they’re excited about learning.
Schedule Annual Doctor’s Appointments
The schedules at doctors’ offices can fill up incredibly quickly this time of year, so the sooner you can get an appointment on the books for your child, the better.
During this annual visit, pediatricians will do hearing and vision checkups and administer any school-required immunizations. And if your child will be playing sports, it’s a good idea to check with your school regarding any required participation exam and bring up any concerns with your doctor at the appointment.
While the start of a new school year can come with a little bit of anxiety for both students and parents, a little bit of prep work ahead of time can help to smooth the transition for everyone.