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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


5, 4, 3 . . . Yep, It’s the Back to School Countdown

It’s almost that time of year again; stores are having back to school supplies and clothing sale campaigns, and teachers and kids are wishing it was July 1st, again. But, unfortunately, time stands still for no one, and there are things that must be taken care of in order to be prepared for that first week of school.

Here are eight “to dos” to get you headed in the right direction, and that will help you through those first couple of weeks of shake-off-the-summer-habits school:

1. Hopefully, you’ve done over-the-summer required or suggested reading. If not, get started now.

2. Think positive. Your mindset is a big factor in how you’ll do that first week of school, and the rest of the school year. If you think you’ll have a great school year, you know what, you most likely will.

3. Check to see if your new teacher has prepared a list of items/supplies you’ll need for the new school year. Interestingly, some school supply stores, such as Staples, allow teachers to leave copies of their lists with them, so students have an easy way of getting hold of the list.

4. Don’t wait until the last minute to get those needed supplies, many items may be sold out, and you and/or your parents will be rushing around trying to find them. Be sure to shop early.

5. When you go over the list and are getting the needed supplies, be sure to actually get what’s on the list. Your teacher will not be impressed if she asked for a black and white composition book and you got a five-subject spiral notebook. In fact, she’ll probably be a bit annoyed and request you get the required book.

6. The week before school starts, begin to change your bedtime and waking summer habits. Start to go to bed the time you will for school nights, and wake up the time you will for school mornings. This will help you to gradually get back into a school time routine. And, be sure to get up early enough to have a good breakfast, if you eat breakfast at home. Remember, “breakfast is the meal of champions.”

7. This step is essential – get to school on time and pay attention to the classroom rules. Oh, and you actually need to obey them.

8. Bring your required school supplies to class when you’re suppose to. If they need to be there within the first week, have them there the first week.

Following these eight simple steps will help you start your new school year with smooth sailing.


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