I feel like my kids just left school for the summer, and we're already talking back to school. Since we go back to school in late August, we have just about a month left. While I totally plan to enjoy our summer vacation for the next few weeks, there are a few things that we can do now to prepare for back to school. Taking the time now to do a few things is a great way to make sure that I'm not stressed days before they go back. Here are my tips to prepare for back to school.
Tips to Prepare for Back to School
Get School Forms Ready
This year, my kids' pediatrician's office requested that we sent medical form requests well in advance of the start of the school year. It's becoming more difficult for them to do these forms at the last minute. If your child takes medication at school, get those school forms ready now. In my case, I was able to find them online and email them directly to the doctor's office. A few days before school starts, I'll bring those, along with my daughter's Epi-Pens, to the nurses at school.
Purchase School Supplies
I definitely miss those elementary school days when all of the kids' school supplies were taken care of. Now, we have a huge list of stuff that we need to purchase in advance. I hate racing around our office supply store searching for all of the supplies, so I go early. The kids separated out their stuff, and it's put away for the rest of the summer.
It's also a good idea to look at lunchboxes and backpacks to see if you need new ones. If not, be sure they are nice and clean and ready for the first day.
Go Clothes Shopping
My kids grow so much now that it's a given that we'll have to buy new fall clothes. Evaluate what you need now, and start doing the shopping. I don't usually have to get the kids a new wardrobe, but I do need to supplement with some new things. Don't forget underwear, socks, and sneakers.
Finish Summer Math and Reading Requirements
Don't wait until the summer is over before working on any summer math and reading requirements. I try to get the kids to go a little bit every week so they aren't hurrying to finish during the last two weeks of summer. We have some tips for getting summer math and reading requirements done.
Get Your School Schedule Set
If your school district has already published the upcoming school schedule, take the time to print it out and review it. I usually put all of the dates in my planner as soon as I get the schedule, so I'm prepared with all of the early-release days and days off.
Think About Fall Activities
It's stressful to already think about fall activities, but enrollment is probably already open for them. Now is a good time to sign up, and prepare for the fall.
Once you get these things ready, you can continue enjoying your summer until school is back in session!
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