Between last minute trips to the beach, sleepovers and the start of tryouts for fall sports fast approaching, it is time to start preparing your kids for the upcoming school year. Staying on top of your back-to-school to-do list will help your family make a smooth transition back into the school year routine, leaving you more time to enjoy the last few days of summer vacation before the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
Try as we might to stay consistent with a good bedtime schedule during the summer, it’s easy to fall into a habit of letting our kids stay up later during the summer when they may not have as rigorous of a schedule as they’re used to during the school year. The National Sleep Foundation notes that getting enough sleep helps students avoid mood swings, behavioral and other problems that can negatively affect their performance in school. Working to correct any bad sleep habits now will help your child feel refreshed and ready for the start of the school year.
Well Visit/Annual Physical
An annual physical examination for your children is important in ensuring they are healthy, up to date on vaccinations and that the school has an accurate medical history for your child, including any medications they may need to take while at school. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s well-child visits webpage notes that children should have a routine annual exam every year or two (depending upon the child’s age) throughout their school age years. To learn more about vaccination recommendations for your child, talk to your child’s primary care provider or visit the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) immunization webpage. If your family has chosen not to vaccinate your child, click here for more information on vaccination exemption rules in New Hampshire schools from the New Hampshire DHHS.
School supply lists seem to grow larger with each year your child attends school. While most schools list will send home a list of any items your child may need to bring for school each day, you can view a complete list of back-to-school supply needs by school (and individual grade level), click here. Hold onto your child’s classroom school supply list as these lists make for easy gift giving ideas toward your child’s classroom during the holiday season.
Unfortunately, not all students will show up to school with all the items they need to actively participate in the classroom. You can help ensure that all students make it to school with the supplies they need to succeed by donating school supplies to organizations like the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter’s Backpacks for Back to School Program or the Citizen’s Bank Gear for Grades program.
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