Get ready for school
By Francis Taylor, Asst. Editor
As a former Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) teacher I always looked forward to the first day of school, as I lamented the end of summer, a return to the daily effort to help Inglewood students become the best they could be and the sad reality that, unfortunately, many IUSD parents would probably not be as involved with their child’s education as they should be. This 2018-19 school year offers parents, guardians, and perhaps grandparents with an opportunity to help their charge start the year with all that is needed to prepare them for a successful school year.
The first day of the new school year is always a big transition, not only for children but for the parents and guardians that are responsible for them
While children are filled with excitement and first-day jitters, parents are filled with thoughts of “Am I prepared enough?” To help eliminate these thoughts, and help you and your child prepare for the new school year, all you need is a little organization and forethought. Here are 10 tips to kick-start the new year and get you prepared for a fresh start.
- Get back into your sleep routine. To help eradicate those stressful school mornings, set up a regular bedtime and morning time routine to help prepare your child for school. Begin your usual school sleep routine about a week or so before school starts.
- Shop for school supplies together. To get your child excited about starting a new grade, shop for supplies together. Allow them to pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, etc. This is a great way to give them a little bit of responsibility too!
- Re-establish school routines. Have your child practice getting back into the rhythm of their daily school routine. You can do this by having them wake up at the same time every day, and eat around the same time they would at school. About a week or so before school starts, plan a few outside activities where your child will have to leave and come home around the same time they would if they were in school. This will help them be rested and ready for the big day.
- Set up a homework station. Sit down with your child and together designate a time and place where they can do their homework each day. This can be somewhere quiet like their bedroom, or even in the kitchen while you are preparing dinner. Make sure to choose a time where you are available in case your child needs your help.
- Prepare for the unexpected. Working parents know that it can be difficult to find a sitter when your child is sick. Before school even begins, it’s a good idea to have a sitter already lined up in case you get that phone call home from the nurse saying your child is ill.
- Make an after-school game plan. Make a plan for where your child will go after the end-of-school bell rings at the end of the day. Depending upon the age of your child, figure out if they will go to a neighbor’s house, an afterschool program, or be allowed to stay home by themselves. This will help eliminate any confusion during the first few weeks.
- Turn off the TV and video games. For a lot of children summertime is filled with endless video games and TV programs. Children are usually in shock when they begin school and realize that six hours of their day is going to spent learning and not playing games and watching TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electrics and encouraging them to read or play quietly.
- Review school material and information. For most parents, schools send home a packet with a ton of information regarding their child’s new teacher, important dates to remember, emergency forms, and transportation routines. Make sure that you read through this information carefully, and mark down all important dates on your calendar.
- Get organized. The best way to prepare for back to school time is to be organized. With school comes a massive amount of paperwork which can consume your household. Designate a spot in your house for homework, permission slips, and any other school-related papers. This can help eliminate all of that paper clutter and make your life less stressful.
- Get your child’s yearly checkup. School and germs go hand in hand, so it’s best to get your child’s yearly checkup before school even starts. Get any required vaccinations and ask your pediatrician the best ways your child can stay healthy throughout the school year.
Through preparation and organization, you can ensure that your child will have a smooth transition to the start of the new school year. By doing so, you and your child can enjoy the rest of your summer break.
The IUSD offers innovative and award-winning programs for their students. The facilities are well maintained and the district itself is working hard to re-establish their independent leadership of district operations.
Parents are urged to visit the IUSD school that is in close proximity to your child’s location before you make plans to ship them off to a charter school or any of the schools in adjacent to the IUSD.