First Day of School Preparations

A red Snoopy backpack and two pigtails… I remember my first day of school like it was yesterday!

My mom (also a teacher) made back to school time so much fun. She’d sneak a note on my napkin and a treat in my lunchbox. And she’d encourage me to look for kids in the classroom who looked lost or lonely, and go make a new friend.

Now I’m getting ready to do the same with my soon-to-be kindergartner and I find myself with the same checklist

1. Shop online!
This is saving me so much time and hassle. Our school supply list is intense: 36 glue sticks (No purple!) and 2 folders w/bottom pocket only – plastic preferred. Um….. is it just me or are these rules a lot more specific than when I was a kid? I don’t have time to scan the aisles and visit 10 different stores. I’m thankful for Amazon.com!

2. Ask other moms!
How do I help ease first-day jitters? What’s a good homework routine? How do I help my daughter make new friends?

Other moms advice is one of the best things I’ve ever found. I need help navigating the carpool drop off line and school programs. The more I ask – the better off I am. Plus, I’m making new friends in the process!

3. Talk Talk Talk!
My mom always asked how my day was. When I’d give a one-word answer, she’d ask more specific questions until I opened up. I knew I could talk to her about anything from report cards to bullies. She was very involved in my schooling and that lasted through College! I want the same for my daughter. Helping her navigate these years is my priority.

4. Prep the night before
My mom had a rule: permissions slips that didn’t get signed the NIGHT BEFORE didn’t get signed at all. Tough rule? Yep. But it saved us a lot of hassle on the day of big events.

Lunches got made in advance with all the non-perishable ingredients, assembly line style, each Sunday night. Clothes were laid out the night before, and anything that could already be in the car was.

So what items would you add to this checklist? Comment below!

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  1. AshleeM posted on 08/15/2012 09:34 AM
    1st day Photo is a must. Ours were on the front porch. I did that every year for my kids, it is a great memory of what they chose to wear the 1st day their new back pack/lunch box.
    1. Sarah Taylor posted on 08/16/2012 11:04 AM
      @AshleeM Ours are on the front porch, too!
  2. KatieS_13 posted on 08/15/2012 10:15 AM
    Here is a hard one--STAY CALM MOM. The first day of kindergarten is very emotional for moms.The child will pick up on your emotions and may be upset if you show sadness or fear.
  3. SuzyS_2 posted on 08/15/2012 02:31 PM
    Pray pray pray for the teacher!
  4. MelanieZ_2 posted on 08/15/2012 03:33 PM
    Treasure every moment! It goes so fast. My son will be a Junior in high school already.
    Walk your child to his class line every day. It amazed me how many parents just drop off the kids. (even as a kindergartner) Every year I always thought would be the year my son didn't want me with him...turns out he was proud to have me walk with him every day. Make friends with your childs friends. You never know when they might need you. And tell them you love them everyday when they go to class.
    1. Sarah Taylor posted on 08/16/2012 11:06 AM
      @MelanieZ_2 I love this!
  5. arondeau posted on 08/17/2012 01:19 AM
    Sarah~
    We too have our oldest son entering Kindergarten this year. My son will be attending All Saints in Fife/Puyallup, the same school my wife attended growing up. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to send our kids to a private school that values faith and character building, as we did. I can still remember my first day of school, getting pictures taken, and meeting my kindergarten teacher Sister Eichten. My brother (7 at the time) and I used to walk 6 or 7 blocks to our school in South Minneapolis! What a difference 30 years make, I would never let my kindergartener walk that far from home today! BTW, great first day tips!
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