Back-To-School Tips

Summer is winding down and the first day of school will be here before you know it. This week I am going to share some tips to help you and your family get back into the school routine. The hardest part for me as a kid was always getting on a proper sleeping schedule. Make sure to have set times for going to bed and waking up in the morning for once school is back into session. Take 2 weeks before school actually starts and slowly push back your child’s bedtime and start waking them up earlier. Do this over the last two weeks of summer and by the first day of school they should have no problem going to bed on time and waking up on time.


South Carolina and Georgia’s tax free weekends are a great time to begin back to school shopping. With hundreds of deals you can get everything you need at a good price, but before you begin your shopping create an inventory first. Have your child try on all of their old school clothes. Find out what fits and what doesn’t. Also find out what school supplies you already have at home and create a list of clothing and school supplies that you will need to purchase.


My last tip is to stay organized. The first week of school you are going to be flooded with papers to sign, lunch menus, upcoming events, upcoming projects, etc. Have a designated spot to store all of this paperwork and in this spot have a calendar. Use the calendar to mark important school dates such as project due dates or field trip dates. This is also a good place to keep track of after school activities such as school meetings and even therapy times. This is also a good place to store visual schedules. Visual schedules are a great way to keep a busy house on task and off to school on time. If you have multiple kids make each one a different visual schedule with a different order to help prevent people waiting for things such as the sink to brush their teeth.


Here are some more resources below with other tips and tricks! (Has printable checklists for back to school shopping, after school activities, and lunch menus)


-Matthew D’Antonio, PT, DPT

Pediatric Physical Therapist


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