Get Organised: Back To School Checklist


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Getting your child ready to start school doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little bit of organisation, you can concentrate of making your child’s first day of school a beautiful and memorable occasion.

Here’s a helpful checklist to help you prepare for your child’s first day of school. Good luck!

  • Get your emergency contact information together and make sure that your records are up-to-date with your school. Nominate an emergency contact who would be able to come and collect your child if you are not available.
  • Make sure your child has all their required immunisations up-to-date and check with your doctor if you are unsure. Notify your school if your child has any health issues, allergies or medications and double check that their teacher has this information too.
  • If you have an opportunity to meet the teacher, take advantage of it early and bring your child along. This will help to ease their nerves about what their teacher will be like, and will give you a chance to ask any relevant questions.
  • Practice getting to school with your child. Stress the importance of wearing a helmet if you’re riding a bicycle. If you’re walking to school, walk the route together and review pedestrian safety and crossing the road.
  • Stock up on nutritious foods and snacks for breakfast, lunches and after school.
  • Label school supplies such as uniforms, lunch boxes and bags. If your child has a knack for misplacing things, this will definitely come into good use for later!
  • Mark school events and key dates on a family calendar and stick it on the fridge – it will take out the stress of scrambling around for important dates throughout the year.
  • In the summer months, include a frozen drink or ice block in your child’s lunch box which helps to prevent bacteria and food poisoning. Plus, don’t forget to use suntan lotion and keep it somewhere visible and handy in the mornings. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen to your child’s face, neck, arms and legs each morning.
  • And most importantly, have a conversation with your child about how they feel about starting school and talk over any concerns, such as making new friends, peer pressure and bullying.

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Top 10 Back to School Reading Tips for Parents


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As many of us prepare for another year of helping our kids overcome the notorious holiday reading slide, here are ten back to school reading tips you can do now to prepare your child for the year ahead.

1. Get back into a routine. Switching suddenly from a holiday to a school schedule can be stressful for everyone in the household, so it’s always best to start as early as possible. If you had a regular reading time with your child in the afternoons or evenings, try to ease back into it as early as you can.

2. Make a special reading spot. After endless distractions over the break, it’s a good idea to make a special reading spot in the house which doubles up as a distraction-free zone. Make sure your child’s reading spot is quiet, comfortable, and within close range of a good selection of reading material.

3. Surround your child with books. Studies show that children who are constantly surrounded by books and reading material perform better in school than their peers who don’t. Try to make sure there is age-appropriate reading material around the house, on their devices, in the car and on-hand anytime your child has to wait, such as at the doctor’s office.

4. Restrict television and video games. We all know it can be difficult for reading to compete with the television and video games, and the holiday break is often filled with both! Ease into having a set television schedule and try to encourage reading time as a leisurely activity.

5. Be a good reading partner. It’s much more fun to read when you’re not forced to do it and don’t feel embarrassed about making mistakes. Take turns reading with your child and be patient and encouraging when they come across a word they don’t know. Make reading time a fun time to relax, unwind and bond after a long day.

6. Re-read difficult sentences. When your child has sounded out a difficult word, have them re-read the whole sentence one more time “with feeling”. Often children are too busy figuring out a word that they lose the meaning of what they’ve just read. Beginner readers will often guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.

7. Create a book together. Reignite your child’s enthusiasm for books and reading by creating your own homemade books. This fun activity helps children increase their concentration span and strengthen their reading and writing skills to ease them back into the swing of things at school.

8. Find everyday opportunities to read. You can’t overestimate the power of reading everyday items with your child, especially for beginner readers. Read aloud anything with words and encourage your child to see reading as a way of discovering the world. Read road signs, billboards, menus, and cereal boxes – anything with words on it!

9. Restock your library. Whether they’re the hardcovers on your bookshelf or the tap-and-swipe e-books on your device, you can inspire your child to get back into the reading habit with a fresh collection of new titles. Let them choose their own books and create their own personal collection to get them excited about diving back in.

10. Choose books that are at the right level. If your child has taken a long break from reading, you can help them pick it up again and avoid any discouragement by choosing a book that’s not too challenging or too boring for them. Use the Five Finger Rule to quickly and easily determine if a book is suitable for your child’s reading level.

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