5 Tips to get Back to School Ready ~ Parent/Guardian Edition

August 4, 2010 at 6:41 AM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

It’s that time of year again…Time to start thinking about what needs to get done in order for your children to get ready to go Back to School!’ There is no need to panic though.  Depending on where you live, you still have three-four weeks to prepare for your child’s big day!  Here are my 5 Tips to get Back to School Ready ~ Parent/Guardian Edition.  (Order of Tips does not signify order of importance.)

1. Meet the teacher ~ There are several times in which this may take place depending on the school and county you live in:

  • New Student Orientation
  • Open House
  • 1st Day of School

I strongly recommend meeting your child’s teacher(s) as close to the beginning of the year as possible.  This way, your child’s         teacher will be able to share with you the many important aspects of their classroom.  A few questions to consider asking:

  • What are the classroom rules/procedures?
  • What is the homework policy? How often is homework assigned?
  • Are you in need of classroom volunteers?
  • Do you assign extra credit?
  • Are you available for additional help should my child need it?
  • What is the best method to keep communication?  (E-mail, telephone, student planner.)

Trust me, as a teacher myself, I always appreciate meeting a parent face-to-face and explaining the in’s and out’s of my classroom.  It shows me the parent/guardian is ready to tackle the school year and be their child’s #1 cheerleaders!

2. Purchase School Supplies ~ My #1 recommendation with purchasing supplies is this – Do NOT purchase ANY supplies until you have received your child’s GRADE SPECIFIC supply list!

Economic times have changed and our school districts have realized that fact.  Instead of requiring parents to purchase from a supply list a meter long, districts have asked schools to minimize these lists by asking for what is absolutely essential! (Ex. Replacing Kleenex for spiral notebooks)  Instead of purchasing what you think your child ‘may’ need for school, try and post pone the supply shopping until you get your hands on your child’s grade specific list.  This will save you time and frustration in the long run!

Question: Where can I find such a supply list?

Answer: Glad you asked!  Most schools have their supply lists available on their web site as a PDF file.  If it is not there, contact the school via telephone or email and I’m sure they will be happy to provide you with that information.

3. Clothing for School ~ Before making any clothing purchases, check with your child’s school to see what their dress code entails.  Some schools require students and staff to wear a “spirit” shirt on Fridays or a semi-uniform with khaki bottoms with a polo top.  You may find this information out by checking the school’s web site or contacting the school directly.

A excellent resource to look into is the 2010 State Sales Tax Holiday Schedule.  Several states offer a weekend where the State Sales Tax are pardoned on certain items such as clothing and supplies.  If at all possible…take advantage of this opportunity!

4. I.L.S. ~If your child already has their Individualized Learning Space (I.L.S.) from the previous school year then wonderful!  It is possible that some slight modifications may need to be made in preparation for the upcoming school year.  If your child does not yet have an I.L.S. then now is the time to begin preparing one. “ The I.L.S. is a place where your child can learn and grow on a daily basis using the resources around them.  The I.L.S.  is  extremely beneficial if used properly and regularly.”  A few important aspects of the I.L.S. include:

  • Location
  • Proper supplies/resources
  • Personalization

5. F.A.C. ~ The Family Academic Contract can be an extremely powerful tool for you and your family. “The F.A.C. is a working agreement between family members in order to help each child in the household strive academically.  In order for the F.A.C. to be successful, it must be a “working” agreement.  A working agreement means having the flexibility to change the agreement for the betterment of your child/children to help them succeed.”  In order for the F.A.C. to be successful, it really should be an on-going ‘activity’ done with your child and not to your child.

Parents, I hope these tips will prove to be beneficial to you and your family.  Who knows, maybe these will help you think of some other “Aha’s” before school starts.  Helping your child get ready for the school year will be one of the most critical tasks you will have this year, but it will be worth it!  Take the challenge on with pride!

Happy Learning!

©  Jennifer Perez 8/2/10

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