It’s a good idea to stock up on some essential school supply items so you can anticipate their needs and not find yourself worrying about where to get a 1/4 illustration board they need the next morning. When my children first started school I would pack their bags with all the materials that were requested of us. I later learned that they would need these throughout the year and not on the first day of school.
- pad paper
- folders (short & long)
- bond paper (short & long)
- illustration board (try to have one of each size)
- art/ construction paper
- index cards (usually 1/4 or 1/8)
On the first day of school they will only need a notebook and a pen since this day is allotted for introductions.
Prepare their daily wear
- uniforms (regular & PE)
- black shoes and sneakers
- basic wardrobe necessities- sando, shorts, underwear, socks
- Food containers (it’s best to separate the main dish from the rice especially if it’s a meal with soup)
- water bottle
Schedule snacks for the week and try to keep it healthy and filling.
Make sure that they also have the following items:
- bags (for school books and lunch)
- umbrella or a jacket with a hood
This is important so you can keep track of recesses, lunch times, and the times they have to be at school and when they are let out. Once the kids are let out estimate a number of minutes (or hours if the school is far) so you know when your kids should be home. If you’re a working parent this is essential so that you know they are home safe and sound. I used to keep a recurring alarm on my cellphone so that I would know when to call my kids and check on them.
School Service contact numbers
After a long break from school and late nights they might have a hard time getting back to their old schedule of sleeping early and waking up early. Get them back to their routine at least 3 days to a week before school.
Most private schools are strict with hair lengths and grooming. Make sure to get your kids a haircut and have their nails cut and cleaned. Girls should remove nail polish and set aside their accessories for the meantime.
This checklist should get you off to a good start for the year. Remember to spend quality time with them after school. Even if it’s only for 30 minutes to catch up on their day with them.