Prepare your Kids for Back to School

With the new school year rapidly approaching, it is time for parents and students to prepare for going back to school. Whether your kids are in elementary, middle or high school, there are some important things you need to do to get your kids ready for back to school.

Bus Passes and Schedules

You will want to be sure that you have all of the necessary information for the first day of school, so check to see that you have your child’s bus pass information, class and lunch schedule. Attending the open house prior to the start of school is one way to obtain this information and most schools open their administrative offices before the kids come back to class so you can also call the school a week or two prior to the start of the school year to ensure you are prepared.

School Ready Wardrobe

Kids going back to school will likely want to update their wardrobes. Many retailers offer deals on clothing during the week or two prior to the start of the new school year. Check out their websites and pay attention to ad campaigns for information on where to find the best back to school sales. Be sure to check with your individual school for any dress code requirements before spending too much money on your kid’s back to school wardrobes. In addition, look into outlet stores and small specialty shops for great deals on clothing, shoes and accessories.

Class Supplies

Many elementary and middle school class supply lists are in stores for parents to pick up and use as a guide to purchase what they need for back to school, however, you can also call and often stop by your school prior to the start of the school year to get this information. Most kids will need standard ruled notebooks, composition books, graph paper, pencils, pens and glue sticksto start the school year.

Haircuts and Grooming

Kids going back to school will look and feel their best if they get a fresh haircut and some new grooming supplies such as deodorant, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, floss, shampoo and conditioner.


Picking up some breakfast, lunch and healthy snack foods are always a great way to prepare for back to school. Kids who have a healthy breakfast that contains fruit and whole grains will be less likely to feel hungry during the day and better prepared to listen during classes. Providing healthy snacks will also ensure kids do not get distracted by hunger during the school day. Kids who look and feel their best will have more confidence and be off to a great start for a productive school year!