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Back-to-school? Here's a checklist

Swapna Nair
3 to 7 years

Created by Swapna Nair
Updated on May 30, 2017

Back to school Heres a checklist

Anirudh was looking forward to going back to school. 6 weeks of holidays were coming to an end.  Anirudh’s mother also heaved a sigh of relief. Indeed it is a common scenario.

I dread going to the market just before the beginning of a new term. Parents and children come in droves and flood the market. My neighbor felt

I often wonder why parents wait till the last minute to buy stuff for the new term. One parent was screaming at the shoe salesman. IS that not unfair?

So how can we make things easier? A little bit of planning will go a long way!

7-10 days before

  1. The uniform story: If you have stitched the uniform then please make your kids try them out a week before they school reopens. During the vacations children experience a growth spurt so trying out the uniform a week before will avoid last minute stress. The same goes for shoes.
  2. Stationery &accessories: Plan to shop for all the accessories and stationery 10 days ahead. Please buy food grade plastic lunch boxes. Since it is getting warmer by the year it is wiser to buy water bottles that carry a minimum of 1.5 litres. If schools provide water then a 1 litre bottle should suffice. Buy enough pens, pencils, eraser, scale etc. for the year. School bags should be bigger when the children move from primary to middle school.
  3. Books: Cover and label the text books and note books a week ahead.
  4. Help your child to go through the contents of the text books. It would be wise to read at least the first chapter to have an idea what lies ahead. When children go prepared to class they are more confident and motivated.
  5. Begin to alter the sleep and meal pattern of children in line with the school timings. It would help the late riser especially if you start putting them to bed/waking them according to the school schedule. Same goes with meals too. If they eat according to the school schedule it is easier for them to adapt. This will in turn help the parents also to readjust their schedules too. It will help parents to physically and mentally get ready alongwith their children

One parent said that she keeps a checklist 10 days before stuck onthe fridge to help her prepare for the new term. She even plans the lunch to be sent for the first week. This gets her motivatedand in turn helps her to set a positive tone. This is actually a wonderful idea. It is important that both parent and child to be prepared and motivated for the new term.

As children grow older it would be best if they have their own space/ table to study. It would give them ownership.

  1. Most importantly have a quality conversation with your child. Discuss with them about their school life in the past year- academic and personal. If they had any issues with learning or with studies, then you may plan to equip them accordingly. Prepare them for the challenges ahead. This does not mean you terrify them or raise the bar of expectations.
  2. Help them in setting specific goals for the comingyear.

 

 

 

 

1 day before

  1. Keep the bag ready with the books and stationery the night before. On the first day the child may be expected to go to school with all the books. Send a diary or rough note too.
  2. Keep the uniform ironed, shoes polished and the water bottle filled. Plan the snacks and lunch.
  3. Turn off the TV early so that they go to bed early and wake up early. Set the alarm at least 20 minutes earlier than usual school routine as waking up on the first day will be difficult, Some children may find it difficult to sleep due to excitement so they will end up sleeping late and waking them up will be a nightmare.

On the day of reopening:

If you are dropping your child or if the child is going on its own then aim to reach the school slightly earlier. This will help in settling into  the new class.

Did you like the blog? Did you find it useful? Please do share your views and feedback with us in the comments section below. 

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| Jun 28, 2018

Very useful information...

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| Jun 11, 2017

thanks for the useful information

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| Jun 10, 2017

useful information thanks

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| Jun 04, 2017

useful for beginners

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| Jun 02, 2017

how to put the child to sleep 3 days prior the school reopens ?

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| Jun 01, 2017

very useful info. .. thanks

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| Jun 01, 2017

Thanks for this blog.

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| Jun 01, 2017

simple things make big changes!!!!! Thanks very nice blog

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| Jun 01, 2017

Thanks swapna for this blog..... it's very useful and important too....

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| May 30, 2017

Thank you. Little things matter:)

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| May 30, 2017

thks for ur new blog abt first day of reopen8 og school. it is quite simple but sme points r essential.

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| May 30, 2017

Thanks for the blog. It looks simple but is indeed verry important point. Especially for me as my son is going for his nursery this year.

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| May 30, 2017

Thanks for the blog. It looks simple but is indeed verry important point. Especially for me as my son is going for his nursery this year.

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