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August 26, 2009 > Tips on getting your children ready for school

Tips on getting your children ready for school

Submitted By Cathy Malone

As the days of summer become shorter and vacation draws to a close, the time has come to put away the beach bag and break out the backpacks. Back-to-School time can be intimidating for some children, who become filled with anxiety over changing teachers, grades and friends. It's important to give your kids every opportunity to feel confident and prepared for the new school year. This involves more than buying them back-to-school supplies. The University of Phoenix is offering tips to help your child get excited to go back to school:

1. Create a Positive Attitude About Going Back to School. Talk to your children about their feelings surrounding going back to school. Encourage them to focus on the positive aspects of a new year, like seeing their friends, meeting their new teacher, and learning new subjects.

2. Start the School Schedule Early. Begin the morning and evening school routine at least a week before school starts.

3. Visit the School. See your new classroom and play on the playground to help children feel comfortable in the environment.

4. Create a Calendar. Make a calendar together that highlights bed time, school hours, after school activities and designated play times.

5. Set Goals for the School Year. Talk with your child about what they want to accomplish this school year. Creating a goal board can help motivate and increase excitement!

6. Back to School Shopping. Make it fun! Let them cross their school supplies off the list and help pick out a new outfit.

7. Back to School Activities. Find out about back-to-school activities or events, such as Back to School night or sporting events and participate as a family.

8. First Day of School Ritual. This can include taking pictures of them on the front lawn before they leave for school or making them their breakfast of choice.

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