How to Organize Kids for Back To School

Shifting gears from low-key summer schedules to the overdrive of the school year isn't easy. Simplify the transition: Introduce the early morning wake-up routine a week or two before school starts. Buy school supplies and clothing several weeks ahead. And get the kids in gear as summer winds down by choosing more academic pursuits.

Steps

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    Schedule a doctor visit. Make sure the kids are current with their vaccinations. Obtain a medical release if your child participates in sports programs.
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    Set up a carpool and start calling other parents.
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    Make child-care arrangements for after school, if necessary. Working parents also need to make arrangements to cover sick days, snow days and school holidays.
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    Check out your children's school clothes and supplies, and buy whatever they're missing. Make sure everything is cleaned, laundered, mended, hemmed and ready to go.
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    Create a quiet study center for each child. Stock a nearby drawer or shelf with supplies (pencils, erasers, calculator and so on), and give each child a file drawer or bin to contain completed work, tests and ongoing projects.
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    Review systems, routines and schedules with the kids. Discuss where to store backpacks, school papers and other gear.
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    Establish midweek rules. Spell out when kids can use the computer, watch TV or play; be specific when it comes to study hours, bedtimes and wake-up times.

Tips

  • Create a lunch center in a kitchen cabinet. Gather everything kids need to make their lunches in one place--zipper-lock plastic bags, peanut butter, snacks, thermoses and lunch boxes.
  • Wean kids from summer sleep cycles by cutting back on late nights and mornings over several weeks.
  • Make a file for each child with all his or her paperwork (school records, immunizations, birth certificate).

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