Back to School Checklist for Parents

It’s that time of year again! Depending on where you live, the 2011-2012 school year is just weeks (in some cases days) away and it is time for families to prepare to make that big shift from summer mode to back to school mode. When we shared these ten back to school tips for parents last Fall, the response was so positive we thought it would be helpful to share it again! Enjoy!

  • Get involved. If your school has a parent teacher organization (PTO) or something similar, participate. You can also ask your child’s teacher or other school staff for ways you can volunteer and help out around the school. It is important to create positive relationships with teachers and school staff.
  • Persistence. Ask your students if they have homework, and do not believe them when they say no.
  • Accurate information. Make sure you provide your child’s teachers with accurate phone numbers and other contact information.
  • Take time to read. Manage your child’s television and internet time and have them read at night.
  • Find the right size. Buy boys’ pants that fit and are not five sizes too big. School staff does not need to spend time telling students to pull up their pants.
  • Set a good example. Your children model themselves after you. Be respectful and honest in front of the teacher and at home, and they will likely follow suit.
  • Meet the teachers. Most schools have parent-teacher conferences towards the beginning of the school year. If your school does not, be sure to schedule some time to meet with your child’s teacher at the start of the school year.
  • Praise and encourage. Praise your child when she does well or excels at something, and when she has trouble with something, practice with her and provide encouragement.
  • Organization is essential. Teach your child to use a planner. The planner can include a list of what to take home, a to-do list, and a list of what should come back to school the next day.
  • Contact information. Get e-mail addresses from all of your child’s teachers. It is easy for teachers to type a quick note about issues as they arise and keep parents informed with short e-mails.
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