Back-to-school time is exciting, nerve-wracking and—not the least of all—rather crazy. But don’t worry: there are steps you can take to make this hectic time easier on both students and teachers. Seasoned instructors share here the essentials that assist them as they guide your child’s transition back to the classroom.
A Backpack Full of Goodies
“Things like pencils, erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers and tissues are always on the list. Those items always seem to run out quickly,” elaborates fifth-grade teacher Ashlee Thompsen of Cambridge, Md.
Health and Wellness
Allergies are a big one to tell the teacher about, particularly food allergies. Other things you might want to share with your child’s teacher include medications, medical conditions and mental illnesses, especially if they might affect his or her school performance. And if there’s a chance that your child will need an inhaler or insulin while at school, inform the teacher, so she can be prepared when the need arises.
Keeping in Touch
Even if your phone is always on you, there may be times when an immediate need arises and you’re unreachable. Provide emergency contact numbers, just in case.
Furthermore, if your contact info changes over the course of the school year, make sure to update the teacher.
Life at Home
Has your child’s living situation changed recently? A move, a divorce or a deployment could have an effect on school performance, so keep the teacher in the loop, both at back-to-school time and throughout the year.
All About Me
Any information that can help the teacher transition the student into a new school year is helpful. “I like to know how students feel about school,” adds Daubs.
Back-to-school means the start of something new. Make it a great start by sending your child well-prepared for a fantastic year.
Meghan Ross is a freelance writer covering all things home and living. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.