How to Prepare Your Child for School

Anticipating school can be exciting for children as they gear up to see old friends and explore new subjects. It also can be daunting for parents and children as they figure out a new routine and approach unknown challenges. There are many things you can do to prepare your child for school. One of the most important back-to-school tips for parents is to schedule an appointment with Pediatric Partners of Augusta before the school year begins.

Ease into the routine

Adjust to school a few days before it begins. During the summer, children often get to stay up later at night and sleep in later the next morning. Setting school year bedtimes and establishing morning routines before school starts will help parents and children feel more comfortable.

School Supply Shopping

Every list of back-to-school tips for parents includes shopping for school supplies. We suggest you do it together with your child. This will help him/her feel ready for upcoming classes. It also can be fun picking out cool notebooks and colorful pencils.

Talk about the coming year

It is essential for children to express concerns they may have about the incoming school year. Open the floor for conversations about your child’s anxieties and things they are looking forward to in the coming semester.

Reconnecting with friends

In addition to an at-home support system, reconnecting with friends is essential to building an in-school support system. This way, your child will have others to share worries with, and they can comfort each other through the transition of going back to school together.

Touring the school

Whether your child is going to a new school or returning to the same one, touring the school will help your student get acclimated to the environment and familiar with the routes between classes ahead of time. Meeting teachers allows parents and children to preview the curriculum, understand expectations and get acquainted with the new instructor.

Schedule Your Appointment

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for school is to schedule a checkup with a pediatrician. The staff at Pediatric Partners of Augusta is committed to your family’s physical and mental wellness. Schedule a visit to address any current health concerns and make sure your child’s vaccines are up to date.

Pediatric Partners has three locations to better serve our patients. The Evans office is at 411 Town Park Blvd.; the downtown Augusta office is at 1303 D’Antignac St., Suite 2600; and the new Grovetown office is at 5135 Wrightsboro Road. For more information about Pediatric Partners, call the office at 706-854-2500, visit PedPartners.com, or follow the Pediatric Partners of Augusta Facebook and Instagram pages.

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