Tips to get kids ready for school

back to school runEveryone knows that summer goes by in a flash, and suddenly it's time to get the kids ready to go back to school.

To make sure they are ready, here are some tips from Joyce Farrell King, supervisor of primary education for Calvert County Public Schools, and Jessica Goldstein, communications specialist for the Howard County Public School System.

  • Review enrollment requirements. All new students must be registered before attending school.
  • Make sure your child is up-to-date on required immunizations to attend school.
  • Determine the best before- and after-school care options for your family, if needed.
  • Go school supply shopping. Most schools have elementary-grade supply lists online while older children may receive them the first week of school.
  • Visit the school in advance so your child can see her new classroom. If your child has significant anxiety, call the school principal to arrange a private tour and meet and greet with the teacher.
  • Try and have your child meet a classmate before the first day of school.
  • Let your child know what his schedule will be like and what time school begins and ends each day.
  • Let your child know that all kids are nervous about the first day of school.
  • Ask if she has any concerns about the first day and talk about them.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school, such as seeing friends, recess, field trips, etc.
  • Take time to review safe practices for walking, biking or riding the bus to school.
  • Find your child's bus route and try to arrange for her to walk to the bus stop with a neighbor.
  • Make sure to review the bus number and school name.
  • Leave a note in your child's lunchbox letting him know you are thinking about him.
  • Reassure your child that if any problems arise in school, you will be there to help resolve them.

By Betsy Stein