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Back to school tips

Make your child's transition from summer fun to learning mode a breeze.

Once summer’s over, start the school year right with these tips for a smooth transition back to studies.

Tips for parents with younger children heading back to school

Young children may need more support and encouragement than older children. Here are some tips you can follow to keep everything running smoothly.

  • Schedule any checkups. Get dental cleanings and doctor visits out of the way before classes start. This way, you won’t use up sick days that lead to make-up work and missed lessons.
  • Prepare for separation anxiety. It’s common for children to get upset about going to school. If possible, try to introduce your child to the new teacher before the first day of school to break the ice.
  • Arrange a playdate with classmates. Arranging a playdate with some of your child’s schoolmates before school starts will help your child make friends and ease first-day jitters.
  • Encourage extracurricular activities. Make it a point to encourage your child to take part in extracurricular activities. Having a sport or hobby to look forward to can get your child excited about starting school again.

Tips for going back to school

  • Buy school supplies early. Avoid a last-minute rush by buying all your school supplies and back-to-school clothes early. Use our checklist to make sure that you’ve got everything covered.
  • Reestablish routines. It can take a week or so for children to get used to the new routine. Start waking up early before it’s time to catch the bus so your kids are used to rising early.
  • Set an alarm. The last thing you want is to be late on the first day. So remember to set the alarm clock so everyone wakes up on time.
  • When in doubt, write it down. Keep a list on the fridge to make sure you don’t forget anything essential. The morning of, you can take a quick peek and check everything off your list.

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