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6 Back-to-School Tips

Updated: July 18, 2023

Going back to school can be stressful for both students and parents. A little prep and organization can help ease anxiety and make back-to-school fun! With the first day of school right around the corner, here are six back-to-school tips to help you transition into the school year.

Tip 1: School Supplies

If you haven’t already done so, get your “school supplies list” from your child’s school. Retailers like Walmart and Target also have a great feature on their websites where you can enter your school name and location to retrieve the supply list. These locations even provide lists so you can order directly online to get shipped to your home or local store. Take a few minutes to check out Walmart Supply List and Target Supply List. Find ways to save on school supplies!

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children doing crafts

Tip 2: Before and Aftercare

Before and aftercare gives working parents the flexibility they need while providing activities for children, like games, homework assistance, and hanging out with other students. You can check with your child’s school to see the type of programs they offer and discuss what works best for your family.

Tip 3: Transportation

You have a few options when it comes to transportation. Your child may ride the school bus, walk to school, or get dropped off in the morning. If your child is taking the school bus, you may want to see if you have neighbors with children who are riding the bus so they can walk to and from the bus stop together. If you’re driving your child to and from school, know the school’s drop-off and pick-up procedures. Going over transportation details can give you peace of mind when the first day rolls in.

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parents meeting their child's teacher

Tip 4: Meet the Teacher

If you haven’t already done so, you may want to schedule a time to meet your child’s teacher. It’s always nice to put a face to the name, discuss learning plans, and learn the best form of communication, whether by email, phone call, text, website posts, etc.

Tip 5: Develop a Sleep Routine

If your child has been staying up later during the summer, now is the time to adjust bedtimes that work best with a school schedule. Starting a bedtime routine by going to bed a little earlier and waking up a little earlier each day before the start of school can be extremely helpful to get you and your child back on track for their first day.

reading children a book
packed lunch

Tip 6: Get Organized

Getting into a routine can be challenging, but a little organization can make a smoother transition. One organization tip is to prep school snacks and lunches the night before school. Start by making sure you have the groceries you need. Single-serving snacks are always easy, but you may consider buying in bulk and creating your own single servings with small snack bags. You can do this ahead of time so it is easier to assemble your child’s lunches. It can also be helpful to lay out clothes the night before school and set your child’s backpack by the door with everything needed for the next day. Calendars can also help keep track of assignment deadlines, tests, extra-curricular activities, etc.

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