The back to school preparation is never easy. It is a welcome task since after two months of having the children at home parents are quite welling to rush them back off to school. The process of purchasing school uniforms and supplies can be tedious because of the crowds of parents in major department and grocery stories moving quickly up and down isles. With the eagerness to send children back to school parents overlook some important preparations that can help cement a good school year.
At the beginning of the school year parents, students, and teachers are settling in and the focus for most is getting all the applicable school supplies. Many nonprofit organizations work with big businesses and community members to provide the much needed and at times very expensive school supplies to many students.
Back to school the first week before and the month after school is all about having the appropriate tools for each grade level. Principals and staff organize and categorize text books based on grade levels and demands. Auxiliary teachers bring in supplies for the first few months of classroom projects and assignments. Classrooms contain wall displays outlining class expectations, and basic information reflective of the academic subject.
First time college students attend orientation and learn about campus living, the rules of the Bursar’s office and their area of the dorm living. These students and their parents finalize college cost and expenses with numerous trips to department stores. Everyone is aware of the importance of getting dorm room furniture, bed linens, personal products and the like, setup in time for the first day of class.
Parents work at getting their children’s appearance presentable for school. New clothes are purchased with appropriate shoes. They take their children to the barber or beauty salon to get properly groomed for school. Parents of elementary, high school and college students focus on the first day of school. They rush around doing whatever it takes for the initial school week.
The school year lengthy and at time unpredictable and yet most of the focus gets placed on the first day of school. Within the school year, students struggle with completing homework assignments and getting good grades. Why then do parents spend so much time and energy on the first day of school? There are some basic but important preparations that parents should take to help their students succeed from the first to the last day of school.