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Back to School: The Parent To Do List

The Parent To-Do LIST

It’s August, and that means many families are gearing up for back to school. Here is a list of items every parent can do to make the transition back to school easier for students of all ages. Remember, Great Preparation = Success!

1. Calendars

Each family should have two types of calendars — a digital one and a paper/wall calendar. The digital calendar, google or iCal, is detailed with exact times/dates/locations. The wall calendar provides a visual for your family, which anchors them to time and dates.  It will include general events such as the start of school, a wedding, a sporting event, routined extra-curricular classes.

A recommended wall calendar
From Papersource $29.95

Here’s your list for this section:

  • Set up your google calendar or iCal for each member of your family. Go to your child’s school calendar and input dates for the year into your calendar. See if there is a way to share calendars or update calendars so that you do not have to input each date manually. Get your older children involved in sharing their calendars with you — teach them the basics of digital calendaring including how to input an event, a repeating event and how to put in locations and invite others to events.
  • Buy the wall calendar and post in a central location. The kitchen is a pretty popular spot for many families. Have your children help you put in the key dates for the first few months of school. This will provide them security for the transition back to school as well. If you have more than one child, choose a color for each one.

2. Organize Your Stuff

Before school is a great time to get things organized. I have a few key rules for organization. You can use this as your to-list for this section.

  • No one should own more things than they can take care of.
  • Everyone should learn how to organize their things by sifting  and placing (dump everything from one category into a pile and keep what you love and what serves a purpose – give away/throw away all else; and then place back what you will keep into ONE place).
  • Maintenance of organization is the hardest work and needs time and a personalized strategy to be successful. For children, it is important to build time into their schedule to enter dates into calendar, place new items into spaces, or tidy up messy areas.

3. Order/Shop

After you’ve gone through what you have, you should spend time gathering what is needed for the start of school. Most schools have supply lists. You can also read our blog on suggested school supplies.

Involve your child in the process of buying clothes, back packs, and school supplies because it allows them to transition well back to school.

4. Complete Paperwork

Ah, the fun part of the back to school time for all parents is here!

  • Go grab a file box and start to pile up the forms you need to fill out. Teach your children to place forms from school into these trays.

    Poppin File Tray $24
  • Create a folder on your desktop to  house digital forms such as medical records and other pdf documents.
  • Invest in a quality scanner to help you digitize forms you want to keep. This will also help your children to scan homework assignments and other documents.
Scan Snap Scanner — an investment, but well worth it! amazon.com $429.95

5. Get Into Routines Again

About 2 weeks before school begins, it is important to get students back into school routines. They will need to have this time to get into the rhythms of sleeping, eating, and working.

  • Establish bedtime routines and morning routines. If you want tips on how to do this, read a blog I wrote about how to establish morning and afternoon routines for some additional ideas.
  • Many students need to use the two weeks before school begins to work on summer work and to boost areas of reading and math. If you need support in these areas, consider contacting us at info@evolveded.com or 917-388-3862 to book a tutor via Skype or in person during this crucial time.

 

Enjoy the last days of summer where ever you are! Here’s a short- hand list of the to-dos included in this blog for your reference:

  1. Calendar (digital and wall)
  2. Organize your Things (sift, place and maintain)
  3. Order and Shop
  4. Complete Paperwork
  5. Get into Routines Again

 

 

Back to School 2017

Get Ready for Back-to-School

Our Annual School Supply Picks

By: Mary E. Miele, founder The Evolved Education Company, learning specialist and mother of three children

It’s that time of year again — and if you are me, this is better than my birthday!  Whether you need  pens, pencils, index cards, folders, binders, paper or rulers, look no further! Included in this list are some of our favorite supplies. Enjoy and share the love!

Pens, Pencils and Highlighters: Why splurge? We find that when students can be colorful with their work by color-coding notes, edits, corrections and etc., they are enthusiastic about event the most mundane of assignments.

Le Pens $22.47 Amazon.com
Le Pens $28.92
Uni-ball Pens $17.36 Amazon.com
Uni-ball Pens $16.56 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.78 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.34 Amazon.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com
White TIp-Top Rollerball Pen
White Tip-Top Rollerball Pen $12                                                                       Poppin.com

Pencils and Erasers

Ticonderoga Pencils $5.69 Amazon.com
Erasers $2.28 Amazon.com
Erasers $1. 69  Amazon.com

Highlighters

Highlighters $4.99 Amazon.com
Highlighters $2.00  Amazon.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com

Colored Pencils

Watercolor Pencils $24.96 Amazon.com
Watercolor Pencils $13.96 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $55 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $26.48      Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $5.20 Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $1.59 Amazon.com

 Pencil Cases: One for each kind of student!

Case It Pencil Case $14.43 Amazon.com
Case It Pencil Case $14.69 Amazon.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
ban.do Floral Pouch $14.95 papersource.com
ban.do Floral Pouch $14.95
papersource.com
Canvas Pouches $19.95 papersource.com
Canvas Pouches $19.95
papersource.com

Staplers: You never know when you’ll need one! This one is sturdy and can be used by even the youngest of students.

Staplers $14 Poppin.com
Staplers $14 Poppin.com

Scissors: Students are cutting and pasting all the way through high school.

Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Kids' scissors $2.94 Amazon.com
Kids’ scissors $2.94 Amazon.com

Three-hole punch: Do handouts get misplaced or ruined in pocket folders? Punching and sorting handouts into binders will keep your student neat and organized.

Three Hole Punch For the Desk $29.99 Amazon.com
Three Hole Punch
For the Desk
$29.99 Amazon.com
3 Hole Punch for Binder $5.95 Amazon.com
3 Hole Punch for Binder
$5.95 Amazon.com

Folders: Choose folders that speak to your student’s interests or go with a different color for each subject.

Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.41 Amazon.com
Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.49 Amazon.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $3 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder
$3 Poppin.com

Paper: long gone are the days of buying hole repair stickers – go for the reinforced paper and never again worry about loosing a sheet!

College Ruled Reinforced Paper $3.47 Amazon.com
College Ruled Reinforced Paper $6.30 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $3.49 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $5.09 Amazon.com

Notebooks: Select a different color for each subject.

2 Subject Notebooks $15.10 Amazon.com
2 Subject Notebooks
$14.45 Amazon.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks $5.43 Amazon.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks
$5.71 Amazon.com

Binders: Zip-up binders come in handy for home filing. At the end of each quarter/semester/course, have your student file papers to keep in a sip-up binder, divided by subject.

Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Aqua Pocket Binder $10 Poppin.com
Aqua Pocket Binder
$10
Poppin.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Mead Flex Binder Assorted Colors and Designs $17.99 Amazon.com
Mead Flex Binder
Assorted Colors and Designs
$17.99
Amazon.com

Dividers: Even if your child’s teachers do not include these on their supply list, these are a must for optimizing organization.

Dividers
Dividers $4 Poppin.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com

Index Cards and Post-It Notes: Colors keep students interested and organized!

Oxford Index Cards are the best–hands down. I happen to like the colored ones, but they come in white too–lined or blank. $5.99/300 cards at Amazon.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Card Box $14.54 pack of 4 Amazon.com
Index Card Box
$14.54 pack of 4
Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $6.59 Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $4.69 Amazon.com

Measuring Instruments

Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler
$8 Poppin.com
Compass $5.48 Poppin.com
Compass $2.99 Amazon.com
Protractor $7.72 Amazon.com
Protractor $11.29 Amazon.com

Backpacks: go for style, practicality and good posture with these selections.

Hershel Backpack Grey $59.99 Amazon.com
Hershel Backpack Grey
$59.99 Amazon.com
Jansport Backpack $56.88 Amazon.com
Jansport Backpack $56.88 Amazon.com
Lands End Backpack $22.00 Landsend.com
Lands End Backpack $22.00
Landsend.com
LeSportSac Function Backpack $ lesportsac.com
LeSportSac
Function Backpack
$125.00
lesportsac.com

Planners: Stylish and practical. Get your students planning at the elementary school level so that it’s second-nature when they arrive in middle school.

Very Busy Planner $32.95 papersource.com
Very Busy Planner $32.95
papersource.com
Ban.do Girl Crush Planner $20.95 papersource.com
Ban.do Girl Crush Planner
$20.95
papersource.com
Academic Planner $15.42 amazon.com
Academic Planner
$15.42
amazon.com