July 31, 2018

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4 Ways to Prepare for School

August 8th marks a significant date for our family. Our youngest Caleb will be starting kindergarten. Like many of you sending off your youngest child, it is an exciting time in life but also a bittersweet one.

The first day of school can be daunting for kids especially if it’s a very first day. Here are some ways to prepare your kids (and yourself) for the new school year.

 

1. School Routine

Start talking through a school routine. What time will your child need to get up? Will they eat breakfast at home or at school?

Will your children pack lunch or eat at school? Set a time for your child to pack a lunch so you’re not scrambling the morning of school.

Set a bedtime so your children are well rested for school. A week before school starts, implement this bedtime to prepare your kids.

 

2. Friendship Review

Another way to prepare for school is to have a friendship review. Talk about how to introduce themselves to classmates and how to make friends.

Some ideas to share are:

  • Ask questions about the other person
  • Share something about yourself
  • Invite a friend to play at recess with you or sit by you at lunch
  • Smile

 Role play how to make friends with older siblings or yourself. It gives your children more confidence going into school.

 

3. Prayer Walk

The third way to prepare for school is to go on a prayer walk around the school(s) with your family. Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons. Let’s use it to prepare our kids for school.

While our kids are at school, we can fully trust God to be watching out for them. This post gives more details on what to pray as you are walking around the schools.

One other quick note on prayer. Start praying now about your child’s teacher. I pray that my child will have the best teacher for them. I also pray that my child will be placed in the classroom where God will use them to bless that specific teacher.

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4. Refresh Work Time

The final way to prepare for school is having some work time each day a week or two before school starts. Set aside 15-20 minutes a day that is “school” time.

For your children that are already in school, review last year’s work. Often our kids come home with workbooks from the previous years. Use those for this time.

If your children don’t come home with workbooks, Google your child’s grade level to find practice sheets to help prepare them. Dollar Tree also has workbooks for grade levels that are helpful too.

Pull out flashcards and review Math facts. Use high-frequency words on index cards to read and review. Another option for this time is to give your kids spelling tests with grade level appropriate words.

For the soon to be kindergartener some ideas are:

  • Use magnetic letters to build sight words
  • Practice writing their name in a notebook
  • Review ABC’s by practicing the sounds
  • Review ABC’s by doing a hunt for the letters at the grocery store, in the backyard, etc.

 

Prepare for School

School is starting soon! It’s an exciting time to help prepare our kids as summer winds down. Start now by establishing a school routine and talking about friendships at school.

Spend time in prayer for your child’s teacher and go on a prayer walk around the schools. And finally, help create space for your children to have a school work time to refresh their skills.

What other ideas do you have to help prepare kids for school? Please comment below. I would love to hear your ideas!

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2 Comments

  1. Tandy on July 31, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I homeschool but these ideas are still applicable!

    I love the prayer walk idea. I think we will implement that here at home. Certainly can’t go wrong with that! <3 Love your heart – thank you so much for sharing!

    • Anastasia Corbin on August 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

      I am so glad these ideas were helpful. Thanks for your encouragement!

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