7 Tips for Back to School Preparation

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

As a teacher, I can tell you that the first few days of school are just as frantic for us and they are for you. To help you and to help your child’s/children’s teachers here are a few good things to remember.

1. A LOT of informational papers will be coming home in those first few days! EMPTY your child’s/children’s backpack daily! I cannot stress this enough. Kids don’t remember to give you everything that has been handed to them throughout the day.

2. On Back to School or Open House night, some teachers will place a notebook out for you to add your email and contact information. Yes, I know it is in the files upon registration, but it is so helpful to have it right on hand in one spot. Even better, email the teacher within that first week of school and they can put you right into their classroom address book.

3. If you think you have missed something, you probably have. Students are given class jobs to give them a sense of responsibility and classroom ownership, not to mention what a great help it is to the teacher. Things get missed. If you email the teacher on regular basis to “check in” you will get any information that may be missed.

4. Look on the school website and see if there is a newsletter you can sign up to receive to your inbox. They are packed with general school and district information. Also see if the teacher has a webpage linked to the school website. You can find direct classroom information there.

5. Looking to volunteer? Send the teacher an email of days, times and where you are comfortable helping out. Here are a few to get you thinking:

a. Filing-some love to have you help them organize, others are fine doing it themselves so don’t feel offended if you aren’t ask to help in this area.

b. Reading with a group of students.

c. Helping with a math group

d. Cutting out bulletin board object and even creating the bulletin board

e. Creating and keeping up with the class newsletter.

f. Room mom/helper for parties and such

g. Field trip group mom

h. Make copies (if the school allows)

6. Remember that the teacher has at least 25-32 students in their room and if something gets missed, they didn’t mean it, it is a busy day, every day. We genuinely love each kid and want them to reach their full potential. Your support is appreciated more than you know.

7. Be involved in your child’s/children’s education. You are the biggest influence in their lives.

Welcome back to another school year, make it the best one yet!


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