Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ready…Set…It's Time for School!

By: Molly Luke, Early Intervention Specialized Instruction Teacher, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Norristown, PA

Been to TARGET lately? They've been getting me ready for school since the 4th of July! Yes, families...it's that time of year to start stocking up on markers, new back-packs and back-to-school clothing sales! But is your child REALLY ready for school? Is your young child confident to start the year? That's what it's all about…confidence. Your child might not be the 4 year-old valedictorian, but you need to ask yourself if your child can walk into the classroom feeling empowered and eager.


As a teacher of 10 years (mostly preschool age) and a mom of a two year old, here is a list of MUST DO's to think about in preparation for that first day. (lists are in no particular order!)


As a teacher of 10 years (mostly preschool age) and a mom of a two year old, here is a list of MUST DO's to think about in preparation for that first day. (lists are in no particular order!)

Age newborn to 3: Child Care kids
Pre-School Kids

In summary, I hope the above was a good helpful list to get you back to school. Just one thing to leave you on…please do not ask your child "what happened at school today?" This is an open-ended question and it is hard for a child to answer. Try and narrow it down to make your child feel that you care, and brush up on what really is going on in school. i.e. How was gym class today? Who did you play with on the playground? How did your presentation go? Was the test hard? This way, you will get a little more information when you narrow down the topic. And hopefully you won't get the classic "nothing" response, because your child will be impressed that you remembered something specific about the day. Besides, reverse the situation…do you want to tell them about your typical work day- UGH, NO! But maybe you did have a conference, presentation, out-of-the-ordinary event that would make it worthwhile to share. Enjoy your back to school milestones!

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About the Author: Hello! I have been teaching for about 10 years now, ages Pre-K through 8th grade…needless to say, I am a life-long learner and always looking for new thing to challenge my body and brain to do in a classroom! Outside of the classroom, family comes first! My husband Dan, baby Marshall and basset hound Penelope enjoy my naturally caffeinated personality on a regular basis. The whole family enjoys traveling, and I personally have a goal of visiting all 7 continents! 2 more to go! 

31 comments :

  1. Great list of reminders of things for parents to get their kids ready for school.

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  2. I love the example questions you gave. It's so important to ask direct questions rather than open ended.

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    1. Thanks. Do you have other questions that you like to ask?

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  3. Establishing routines helped us out a lot. Volunteering is definitely important to do whenever possible.

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  4. Very important to ask direct questions, kids can get so confused. Routines are important for my kid as well.

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  5. I appreciate tips like this so much. Routines make our lives easier as moms.

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    1. Agreed. It makes everyone's lives easier!

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  6. Routine is so important for my daughter. If she's out of routine she can be a grumpy cat.

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    1. Haha grumpy cat!! Love it. But yes, when kids are so use to one thing they can easily be thrown off when it doesn't happen.

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  7. I love this tips and Great reminders for the parents, Routines are important to the kids

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  8. These are very helpful tips. Asking direct questions can help avoid confusions.

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  9. It applies to adult, too! Doing a routine can stay someone on focus and productive.

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    1. Very true! I don't know too many spontaneous adults!

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  10. Routines are really important in our home. If things get thrown off a bit, our kids feel it. Even through the summer, we try to keep things as close to their school year schedule.

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    1. Go you! I bet it is really hard to stick to that routine in the summer but I am sure your kids appreciate it when they go back to school.

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  11. WE love like routine and dressing up! We are working on learning manners too.

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    1. Manners are really hard to master but make a big difference in the long run!

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  12. Routines are important for kids. My kids did better once we started a routine.

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    1. How old were your kids when you started? Is it ever too late (too old) to start a routine?

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  13. Such a great list of ways to prep the kids for school! Since my hubby is a future teacher, we are both thankful for this list! :)

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    1. Good luck to your hubby! I am sure teachers love routines!

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  14. These are great lists for age breakdowns. I loved the example questions, too!

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    1. Thanks! A lot of things change at different ages so it is important to remember that!

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  15. My little guy does so much better when we stick to a routine. I'm not sure if it's more becuase he's two or because he's like me.

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  16. My little guy does so much better when we stick to a routine. I'm not sure if it's more becuase he's two or because he's like me.

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  17. When my daughter was in pre-school, I always make sure she knows what will happen the next day by telling her. I also set up a routine for her.

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