THE BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach

TWO more weeks and everyone's worst time of the year starts. 

BACK TO SCHOOL.

Kids hate it - just because.

Parents hate it because everything will start now - the dreaded homework, sports, chorus, concert, gym uniforms, lunch money or packing, missing the bus, clothes not ready...on and on and on.

And, teachers hate it, because now they are back at work - with the runny noses, the squirming, the homework (or lack thereof), lost lunches, lost money, lost pencils, lost sanity.

Here are a few tips that might help. 

  

Children in Kindergarten - 5th grade                                                                                               

1. About a week before school starts, have your children go to bed at the time they will when school begins.                                                                                                                                          

2. If you have a school supply list buy the supplies early. For the child who is not organized, this is a good way to begin the school year off on the right foot.                                                 

3. If you have a Kindergartener, ask if you can let them visit their new classroom for five or ten minutes the day before school starts. Review the safety rules for walking or riding the bus.                                                                                                                               

  

Middle School

1.  Just as in elementary school, it is important, if not more so in middle school, to have all the school supplies ready, especially an organizer.                                                                                 

2.  Get in the habit from day one of checking it and being sure homework assignments are recorded.                                                                                                                                           

3.  Visit the school website and see if homework and grades will be posted on the site. This is an excellent way to stay involved with your child's progress throughout the year.                                     

  

High School                                                                                                                             

1. Find out when the PSAT and SAT exams will take place. If your student is not a good test taker, consider enrolling them in a test prep class                                                               

2. Stay tuned in to your student's school and social schedule. There is a tremendous amount of freedom in high school and even the most academically gifted students can be distracted by all of the things that are associated with the teenage years. Establish a curfew for school nights and limit the amount of time that is spent at a part-time job or involved in sports, especially if time management and study skills are not your child's forte.                                                                                              

3. If your son or daughter is college-bound, start doing your research and be sure to attend the college nights that many high schools sponsor.  

And, if nothing else - it IS only 17 years, counting kindergarten. (IF they don't go on to Grad School!)

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