Back to School Checklist
Over the school holidays we generally slow the daily pace right down. One to two weeks before school starts back, start to implement a more structured routine throughout your child’s day/night in preparation for the term.
Arrange childcare or before & after school activities and ensure your child knows where to go after school each day. Review last year’s extra-curricular activities and determine what worked, what didn’t and what activities can you focus on to enrich the learning and fun of each child. Download the Howards Term Planner, fill it out and put it somewhere everyone can see it. A copy in the laundry is also a handy reminder.
This includes up-to-date emergency contacts, new phone numbers/address if you’ve moved since last year. If your child requires medication to be administered at school are they up to date with current instructions for use?
This is the place where school bags and equipment can be easily accessed, timetables and schedules can be easily seen and where homework can be done. Buy a large pump pack of sunscreen and keep it here so you/they can apply it each morning.
If needed, purchase new uniforms, school shoes, socks, hats, sports uniforms, new lunchbox/drink bottle/insulation bag, school bag, pens, pencils, exercise books and remember to LABEL it all. Then donate or sell what they have grown out of.
With younger kids, invite school friends around for a play date. This is a particularly good idea for kids who are a little anxious about returning to school.
Get a folder or big plastic sleeve to file school notes for your action. Throughout the year you will need to regularly sit down with your diary, purse and envelopes to keep on top of the outgoings.
Mark the school events on the family calendar and attend any back to school programmes. If your schedule allows it try to find one morning a month to volunteer at the school. Your child will love having you in the canteen or helping with reading!
Bus: Make sure your child knows where and when to be picked up before and after school.
Bike: Review road safety and make sure your child has a helmet.
Walking: Walk the route together!
Ask the kids to pick their favourite baked treat and make enough of them to last for the term. Freeze them quickly (or else the purpose of the exercise is void).
Now you are ready to enjoy your Back to School experience the organised way!