Children are not the only ones involved in preparing for back to school. It is not simply a matter of kissing your child on the first morning of school and sending him off with a smile and your best wishes.
There is a good deal more involved, and keeping track of it all is vital to a successful start to the school year. Learning how to compose and utilize a few well-designed lists can be a way to make sense of the chaos that tends to accompany the beginning of the school year.
One of the first lists any school parent should create is a reference page of useful information. Having this page complete and readily available will be a comfort in case of an emergency or if questions should arise throughout the year. Include the names of teachers and principals, their phone numbers, and email addresses. Be sure to list the times of both the start and end of the school day and bus pickup and dropoff. Hang this page by your telephone or computer, or store it in your household binder.
Another important list is of the supplies that you are required to purchase for your child’s classroom. Keeping a list of the supplies you need to collect will allow you to shop the sale circulars and jot notes about the best places to pick up the necessities. You’ll know what you have and what you need in a glance.