Tips to Get Ready for Back to School

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Aug 04, 2016

Students are slowly making their return to school as they drop off supplies and pick up their back to school packets. For some students (and their parents), this is a time to celebrate, but for others, the start of the school year can bring some anxiety. Here are a few tips to help children and parents get ready to go back to school.

1) Slowly move to a school sleep schedule. If you're like many families, summer time means later bedtimes and no alarms. To prepare for school, move bedtime back a little each night to get closer to a school schedule. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 10 to 13 hours per sleep for five-year-olds. Children ages 6 to 12 need 9 to 12 hours of sleep, and teenagers need 8 to 10 hours each night. 

2) Organize your school supplies. Review the supply list with your child and get everything organized. If possible, drop off your child's supplies before the first day of school. Supplies may be dropped off at Packet Pick Up Day for the elementary students and on Locker Day for the high school students. 

3) Clear a work space at home for your child. Your son or daughter will need an area to do homework. Set it up with pens, pencils, and paper. Your student can hit the ground running he or she gets that first homework assignment.

4) Visit school. If your little one is anxious about the first day, consider visiting campus to familiarize him or her with the different buildings and the playground. Check out your child's teacher's web page or the school's Facebook page to learn about all the things happening at school. This is a great way to ease fears and even build some excitement for the upcoming school year.

Here at Villa, we are looking forward to a great year for our K-12 students. If you have questions on what to expect at Villa, please contact our Admissions Director Janet Baugh at 859-331-6333 ext. 139.