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15 Tips to Prepare Your Child For Their First Day of School

Kids ready for back to school

The school year is rapidly approaching, have you started preparing your child for a back to school routine?

During the summer schedules and routines can naturally slip a little. Allowing your child the extra time to sleep in or eat at different times of the day is definitely part of the summer time experience!

However once the first day of school arrives, reinstituting the school year schedule and routines can be quite a shock to your child's system. This can be stressful for both of you making the return to school negative rather than the exciting time it should be!

Whether it's your child's very first year of school or not, these 15 tips will help to reduce the stress for everyone when the big day arrives!

Back to School Preparation Tips

  1. Update your child's immunizations and set up appointments for your child: hearing, vision, and dental etc.
  2. Discuss manners during dinner. This is a good time to talk to your child about the importance of saying "please" and "thank you".
  3. Let your child help you wash fruits and vegetables. When children help prepare healthy foods, they are more interested in eating them!
  4. Planning makes snack time easier. Cut cheese into cubes. Keep celery, carrot sticks and fruit-flavoured yogurt on hand.
  5. Cut up fruit, drizzle a little juice on it and leave it in the refrigerator for a quick snack
  6. Play a variety of different types of music and ask your child to discuss the mood the music creates
  7. When the hands are active, the brain is more engaged; Building with blocks, drawing and painting, fitting puzzles together
  8. Toddler playing with puzzle
  9. Turn off the TV and radio so children aren't distracted. Then they can focus all of their attention on playing
  10. Make up new words to familiar songs, like singing about where you're going or what you'll see there
  11. Singing the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" helps children be creative thinkers - and know that there are fun things to do.
  12. When your children have a regular predictable schedule, they feel more secure. Set regular bedtime routines. This lets your children know what to expect each night
  13. Help your child learn some bedtime routines, like brushing teeth and washing hands and face. Children who can do some of their own care are learning how to be responsible.
  14. Read to your child before bed time
  15. To encourage "office" play, offer catalogs, old telephone books, along with a toy phone, a calculator and a pad of paper and a pencil
  16. Use an empty box to store craft materials, like glue, scissors, coloured paper, yarn, ribbons, magazines with pictures, greeting cards etc.

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