Better Business Bureau and the National Association of School Psychologists suggestions to help promote a successful school experience.
Before School Starts:
- Schedule a doctor and dental check-up. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations. Make copies of all your child’s health and emergency information for reference. Health forms are typically good for more than a year and can be used again for camps, extracurricular activities, and the following school year.
- Review all school information. These packets usually include important information about your child’s teachers, transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities. Make notes of important dates. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
The First Week:
- Clear your own schedule. If possible, postpone business trips, volunteer meetings, and extra projects. You want to be free to help your child acclimate to the school routine.
- Get to know those in charge. Make an effort to find out who can be a resource for you and your child. Learn their roles and how best to access their help if you need them.
- Go for quality, not quantity. Your child will benefit most from one or two activities that are fun, reinforce social development, and teach new skills. Too much scheduled time can be stressful, especially for young children, and may make it harder to concentrate on schoolwork.
- Think outside of the field. If your child does not want to participate in regular, organized extracurricular activities, you may want to consider other options to help build interests and social skills. Check out the local library for monthly reading programs and find out if your local recreation or community center offers drop-in activities.
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