Back To School Checklist
Laura Cooper Peterson
December 22, 2011
Before School Starts
Establish a firm bedtime before school starts.
Figure out a plan for balancing homework and play time
Set rules for the time spent on non-school projects.
Arrange for your child to play with others in his age group before classes start.
Determine when your child will do homework.
Create a workspace for your child at home.
Discuss your child’s feelings about starting school.
Talk with your child about his daily school schedule.
Get your child’s vision checked.
Enroll your child, if not already registered from the previous year.
Find out what day school start.
Check what time your child should arrive.
Fill out emergency contact sheets.
Notify the school about any health problems or medications.
Find out the best method of contacting teachers.
Know what your child is expected to learn in her grade level.
Familiarize yourself with the information on the school website.
Read the school handbook and make sure your child understands the rules.
Determine how your child will be getting to school and then plan the safest route.
Practice getting to school with your child.
Arrange child care or after-school activities.
Make sure your child knows where to go after school each day.
Contact the school to see if it has a required supplied list.
Allow kids to choose their own school supplies.
Find out whether supplies will be stored at school or kids bring them home each day.
Buy a backpack.
Review the school dress code.
Buy school uniforms and gym clothes, if necessary.
Mark school events on the family calendar.
Attend the back-to-school program.
Schedule and attend parent-teacher conferences.
Meet leaders of the parent-teacher group.
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