Adjust your child’s sleep schedule to match that of the school year two weeks before the first day of school.
If you haven’t yet visited the school, visit the campus with your child. Practice the route the student will take to get to and from school each day.
Ask your child to set three realistic goals for the upcoming school year. Write them down and post them somewhere frequently seen, such as the refrigerator or bathroom mirror.
Encourage your child to make a few friends in each class, so that they have study partners and homework help for the entire school year.
If your child has any specific needs, speak with your school prior to the first day. For instance, if your child does not have access to a computer or internet at home, let the school know ahead of time.
Choose a backpack with padding on the shoulder straps and back. Encourage your child to always use both straps and to not carry too many items at one time. If you are in Chicago, CPS is offering free backpacks at a series of back-to-school events. If you are beyond city limits, reach out to your local school district to inquire about access to free backpacks.
Encourage your child to read one book before the school year begins.
Establish or find a space for your child to do homework everyday with limited distractions. Your local library may be an excellent option.
Visit your family’s pediatrician for an annual wellness exam and physical. While there, make sure all of your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date. If you do not have access to a pediatrician or doctor, ask your local school district if it is offering free immunizations. For instance, CPS is offering free immunizations at a series of back-to-school events.
Speak with your child about how to handle and report bullying both in-person and online. Encourage your child to not bully other children.