When Summer is almost over, and the school year is about to start back up again, it can be intimidating as a parent to know how to get ready for the upcoming academic year. The following are some tips for how to get ready for a new academic year:
- Required school supplies. First and foremost you have to know what the required school supplies are for your child. If your child is going into third grade or tenth, they will have specific things that they need. Ask the school for a print out of the books, and supplies required for their grade as well as for their specific classes. Then visit the store and get them the things on the list.
- Backpack. In order for your child to be ready to go back to school, they will need a bag of some kind to carry all of their supplies. A new backpack each year is a good idea. This is not just because it is a fashion statement but because a new backpack means more supportive straps, which will help your child’s back. Look for a backpack that has chest straps, and adjustable straps in order to make it something that can be supportive.
- New clothes, shoes, etc. If you want your child to be ready for the new academic year, you have to think about their clothing. Clothes make a big difference to kids, and how well their school year goes, hence the term, “back to school shopping.” Make sure your kid has a lot of clothes, shoes, and what not to get them through the year, and it is a good idea to let them help you pick them out, otherwise they may not wear them.
- Parking pass or bus. One of the things a kid needs to get ready to go back to school is transportation. Will you be taking them to school? Will they be riding a bike? Will they be riding the bus? Or will they be driving? If they are driving, does the school require any kind of parking permit? You wouldn’t want their car to be towed, or for them to miss their bus time, or not know where the bus stop is, so figure all of that out before the first day of school.
- Cafeteria meal plan, or lunch box. Kids are at school for a good part of the day, so make sure they have some sort of plan for lunches. This might mean signing them up for the school lunch program, proving them with cash on a daily basis, or buying a lunch box,
- Extra-curricular equipment. If your kid is going to be participating in anything after school, music, sports, clubs, etc. ask yourself what they will need in order to do so, and provide it.