The Best Advice for Getting Little Ones Ready to Start School

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All the best advice for getting little ones ready to start school or go back to school!  From parents and teachers.

Both of my boys are starting school next month.  There’s been some nervousness, a little freaking out, maybe a few tears – and that’s just me!  The boys don’t seem worried at all, or at least they’re blissfully unaware.  (Even though we’ve been discussing it a lot!)  I’m mostly worried if they’ll act independent enough and how they’ll do during lunchtime, so we’ve started practicing a few things.

I asked my fabulous Facebook followers if they had any advice for getting kids ready for school, and of course they did!  I was blown away by some of their suggestions, so I’m sharing them here in case you have little ones starting school this year or even going back to school:

1.  Alice:  Check out your state’s education website – they should have guidelines on what your child should know for their grade. Also, if you can afford to, buy extra of stuff and store it in a drawer/basket so if your teacher sends home a note that they need glue sticks/pencils, etc, you’ll have it on hand. You might also check out your school’s guidelines on snacks and lunches as some schools are very strict on what can be brought in.

2.  Jessica (from Gourley Girl & Guy):  I’m a 3rd grade teacher but have experience in K-4.  The best thing you can do right now is make sure they’re on a schedule and have a routine that they can stick with for the next month or so. Being on schedule is the #1 thing to help a teacher and your child adjust!  And don’t be too overwhelmed about the school supplies…or too territorial. Sometimes teachers have to combine certain things, but they’re not doing it to give other people’s kids your stuff.  Sometimes kids are too little to keep track of their own crayons (or whatever) so they put them in one bin to make it easier for the kids.

3.  Lindsay (from My Creative Days):  I would tell you first to relax and enjoy this time.  It goes by so fast.  My kids are going into 5th and 3rd grade and I am still the mom who cries on the first day of school because of how old they are getting.  There are so many “things kids should know” before entering kindergarten.  I think going over how to write their names, recognizing colors, shapes, letters and numbers are a great start.  They will be great and it is such a special time!!!

All the best advice for getting little ones ready to start school or go back to school!  From parents and teachers.

4.  Nancy:  Something I learned that sounds ridiculous.  Practice lunch.  Find out how long lunch is going to be. Subtract 5 minutes. And eat lunch in the allotted time using the food and lunch boxes and make it loud and chaotic.  Lots of distractions.  Leave 5 minutes for cleaning up.  My son wore ear protection for the first month or two.  NOISY!

5.  Brianne, 1st grade teacher:  I appreciate the “little” things. It is incredibly helpful when students can zip, button, and tie their own clothing articles.  Also opening their own milks and lunch/snack containers is helpful!  I know so many students who struggle with these things and miss out on a huge part of their lunch waiting with their hand raised to get the duty aid to open things for them! Academically the best thing you can do (imo) is read books and ask them questions about those books, practice writing/recognizing their name and other letters, and count to 100.  I’m sure they will do great!

6.  Jenni:  Live in the moment and not when the retailers say it’s time to whip up a get-ready -for-school frenzy!

7.  Annette:  Top 5 things you can do to get ready:  1. Get on a good routine EARLY!  Early to bed, early to rise, dress, eat, wash up, brush teeth, THEN watch TV (if you allow it) so they’re in the habit of moving quickly and efficiently.  2. Have all your supplies ready and label EVERYTHING!  3. Make sure your child has a backpack that is full-size. Your child is going to get all sorts of larger things to take home that won’t fit in one of those toddler/preschool size packs.  4. Pack lunches that they can open/eat independent of help and don’t involve a lot of time. (I worked as an aide once in an elementary school: Lunch can be traumatic for some little kids!  5. Buy extra school supplies while they’re on sale!  You’d be surprised how much more expensive they are after those sales… Keep a box in the closet for emergencies!

My boys’ chosen backpacks, although my older son has recently decided he also wants a Paw Patrol backpack… *sigh*

8.  Mary Alice:  If anything comes home next summer put it in a ziploc and use supply again next year.

9.  Carol:  My children are now grown but I remember the checklist I used before each started Kindergarten.  We practiced opening a milk carton, tying shoes and carrying a tray with food on it.  It made a big difference!  Also, for a couple of years, they wanted to take their lunch.  I pre-packaged their lunch items in small szip lock bags except for sandwiches on Sunday night.  They picked out the veggie item and fruit item the night before, tossed it in the lunch box and then I added the sandwich and drink the next morning.  I moved on the bento boxes and that worked when they were older plus the Bento website has awesome ideas on what to pack for lunch.

10.  Kitty:  I’m a teacher.  No one will look upon you badly if you can’t find everything on the list.  With this economy I haven’t gotten everything on my list in years.

11.  Patricia:  Teachers love to get classroom supplies the beginning of 2nd semester also, especially tissues.

12.  Mel:  Label EVERYTHING with their name – even socks – you’d be surprised at the things they can lose.

Such great tips, right?!   I’ve already started buying school supplies (8 boxes of Crayola crayons, 12 glue sticks, 4 bottles of Elmer’s glue, etc.) and then necessities that aren’t even on the list – things that will make lunchtime easier.  Lunch boxes, small containers for food (some with freezer packs for fruit or cheese), cups with freezable inserts to keep drinks cold, and Wet-Nap hand wipes to make cleanup easy.

All the best advice for getting little ones ready to start school or go back to school!  From parents and teachers.

I picked the Wet-Nap Antibacterial Hand Wipes up from the napkin aisle at Walmart, since they have the lowest everyday prices.  Here are my cuties modeling their new Wet-Naps:

They’re soft, strong, and they moisturize with aloe – great for little hands and grown-up hands too.   😉  I like that I can throw one in their lunchbox and not have to worry about them rubbing dirty fingers on their clothes – because let’s face it, regular napkins just don’t work as well.   And all those germs that are hanging out at school… yuck.  These will help keep my boys healthier too.

All the best advice for getting little ones ready to start school or go back to school!  From parents and teachers.

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Do you have any other advice for getting kids ready for back to school?

I’d love for you to leave it in a comment below!


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16 Comments on The Best Advice for Getting Little Ones Ready to Start School

  1. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
    July 28, 2014 at 9:34 am (4 years ago)

    lol, those backpacks are bigger than the boys!! It really helps to be organized in the mornings. I remember those crazy days. My kids are all grown now. I keep wet naps handy for the grandkids.
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  2. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
    July 28, 2014 at 11:19 am (4 years ago)

    How exciting and also a little bit nervewracking for you and the boys. They’re adorable! I love that you shared your fb readers advice. You’ve got some smart followers! Enjoy every phase because it goes by quickly. I’m helping my oldest move into her first dorm room in a couple of weeks and it seems like just yesterday when she started school!
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  3. Shanna Gilbert
    July 28, 2014 at 11:53 am (4 years ago)

    They are too cute with their little back packs on! Staying organized does help keep melt downs from happening in the mornings! Great tips!
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  4. Christina
    July 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm (4 years ago)

    This is such an excellent and thoughtful list of tips. We have done it all here getting our little one ready for her first day of Kindergarten–labeled everything, practiced zipping/opening/closing boxes, storage containers, and bags, etc. One more tip for the moms like me who like to have emergency number list–if you haven’t yet, go to the school’s website and print out their Staff Directory. It includes the Names, Class Numbers, and Extention Phone Numbers for all of the staff. You will probably get this info at orientation but having extras on your fridge or in your car always comes in handy when you need to leave a message for a specific teacher. 🙂

  5. dria
    July 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm (4 years ago)

    😉 Your kids are adorable!! Great tips, I remember being a kid I loved going out to get all my back to school stuff. Wet wipes are such an awesome idea to put in the lunches especially if your kids eat peanut butter and jelly like I did all the time! I bet your kids had fun picking out their new school supplies!
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  6. Annette Holbrook
    July 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Awwww…. Imagine my surprise to see my suggestions out there for the whole world to see! Thanks! -You ended up with some REALLY GOOD tips. Thanks for sharing the wealth!

  7. Wendi @ H2OBungalow
    July 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

    You’re little men are darling! I loved really LOVED reading the stories from your readers what a gret idea and such a wealth of information!
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  8. Wendi @ H2OBungalow
    July 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

    You’re little men are darling! I loved really LOVED reading the stories from your readers what a great idea and such a wealth of information!

  9. Christy @ Our southern home
    July 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Wet Nap is a great product! My kids are teens and I buy them! Great to throw in their golf, tennis and soccer sports bags!!! ~Christy
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  10. Paula@SweetPea
    July 29, 2014 at 9:10 am (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! Can you boys be any cuter? Their pictures melted my heart!

    I keep Wet Naps on my desk at school and I like the pre-packaged ones for my purse and for my lunch box. Thanks for the coupon because I need more for this coming school year.
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  11. Lani
    July 30, 2014 at 5:31 am (4 years ago)

    Oh my gosh … how adorable! My advice … love them and hug them often. Enjoy every.single.moment because before your know it, you’ll be taking their senior pictures (like I was yesterday.)
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