Back to pencils, back to books . . . we are getting closer to the day our students head back to class.
This means it’s time to start gearing up for the fall routine ― the back-to-school shopping for clothes and school supplies, getting used to a new sleeping schedule and trying to get a handle on those transportation issues.
Thankfully, we have some tips for you to help make the transition a bit easier.
Ease everyone into the fall routine
Think back to those first days of summer vacation. If you have teenagers, especially, you know that they went from waking to an alarm at the crack of dawn (at least to them) to snoozing half the day away without missing a beat.
Yanking them into the reality of fall isn’t easy. Ease them into it instead by starting the new schedule a week or two before school starts.
Set the alarm clock for the time they’ll need to rise to get to school on time and put them through the paces of a normal school morning with breakfast, making lunches and whatever else your family does to get ready for school in the morning.
Be extra attentive to the Kindergartener
Our 5 year old, Kaden, who you see featured here, is starting Kindergarten at High Pointe Elementary this year. We took him to the “meet the teacher” night last week. He got to see his classroom, and his workspace, and his cubby. It was great, and his teacher is just the nicest, most sweetest lady ever. But taking him in to school today and seeing all the kids, I know it has to be pretty overwhelming. Some kids really have a hard time adjusting to such a big social change. Kaden didn’t really know anyone yet, but the Nixa public school staff did a great job of making him feel welcome and special.
Some shopping experts claim that parents should buy only enough clothes to last the first few weeks of the new school year. Why?
First, in around the middle of September, retailers hold sales. It’s the very best time to buy the bulk of your child’s school wardrobe.
Next, it will take your student a couple of weeks to determine the latest fashion and which items he or she wants to add to the wardrobe.
School supply shopping, on the other hand, has to be done before school starts. Nixa public schools will post a supplies list on their website at www.nixapublicschools.net which you can print off and take with you when you shop.
Take your child with you on the shopping trip. Not only will the trip result in buying what the child needs and wants, but it helps the little ones build excitement when you point out how each item will be used at school.
If you can’t afford the required supplies, contact the Kids in Need Foundation, a nationwide program that helps parents get what their kids need. Check the list of resources to find one near you.
Locally here in Nixa, if you need assistance with school supplies email [email protected]
Getting back to school in Nixa is a tough transition for both kids and parents but getting off to a strong start is critical to your child’s success. With your planning and support, your children will thrive during the school year. Go Eagles!!!
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