Here in Knoxville, the start of school is just over a week away for most of us. It's time to plan, shop, and prepare for another year of learning and growing. To start off the school year right, HYD wanted to share a few tips that can help make the transition more simple and efficient.
1. School Supplies
- Obtain your child's class supply list from his/her school as soon as possible.
- Take advantage of Tennessee's tax-free weekend August 7-9
- Wait for discounts on items like clothing, electronics, and shoes that typically drop in price around mid-August
- For eco-friendly options, check out MightyNest and earn money for your school while you shop.
2. Ease into School Routine
- These last weekdays before school begins, begin waking late sleepers up a bit earlier and re-introduce school year bedtime.
- Keep snacks readily available for kids throughout afternoon as meal times during school may differ from summer eating routines. Real Simple has a great list of snack options.
- Remind your kids what you expect from them in their morning routine and after-school routine so they know what they're responsible for. Here is a checklist HYD likes.
3. Calendar Prep
- Find your school's or your school system's calendar for the year and place all important dates including holidays, in-services, half-days, and report card days on your personal calendar now.
- Create a central calendar the whole family can see with school and after school activities using a paper or whiteboard so it's easy to read and adjust like this one.
4. Prepare for Paper Piles
- Make an effort from day one of school to fill out each form as you get them, place them back in your child's folder, and back to school before it gets lost in a pile.
- Create a system for keeping art or school work that allows you to discard all other items the day they enter your home. In other words, go through folders each afternoon/evening, look at each piece of work, if it is an original that you would've liked to have seen as you looked back to that age and you have no other like it, keep it. Otherwise, recycle it.
5. Teacher(s) Support
- Try not to miss any opportunity to meet your child's teacher or teachers. If you're not able to meet in person, reach out with an email to introduce yourself and offer help to make the school year successful. This is invaluable to both your child and his/her teacher. Teachers need our support, encouragement, and helpful knowledge that only we can give them about our child.
Help You Dwell wishes you and your family a safe and successful 2015-2016 school year!