It is that time of year again!  Back to school shopping ads fill our mailboxes and we begin to think about the upcoming school year.  Here are some tips to help your child have a great start to first grade!

  • Bring back your family’s bedtime routine.  Experts recommend first graders have 10-11 hours of sleep each night.
  • Schedule medical appointments and complete necessary forms.  If your child is new to the district you must provide documentation of a physical examination and required vaccines.  Click the picture below to see 2012-2013 CPS requirements and to download medical forms.  Be sure to visit your child’s eye doctor and dentist too!
  • If your child’s kindergarten did not include lunch begin to time your summer lunches.  The children will have less than 30 minutes to eat their meal in our cafeteria.  Encourage your child to eat their sandwich first to fill their tummy for the long afternoon.
  • Practice your home address and emergency phone numbers.
  • Review kindergarten skills: write first and last names neatly, play alphabet games to practice letter names and sounds, write numbers 1-30, and count numbers 1-100.
  • Practice shoe tying and zippering.
  • Purchase school supplies. Our first-grade supply list is posted on this website.

  • Label everything!  It is amazing how many sweatshirts, hats, lunchboxes, water bottles, and more go unclaimed at the end of our school day.
  • READ, READ, READ!  Your library is sponsoring a fun summer reading program-Check it out! Also, did you know that many nearby suburban libraries offer reciprocal borrowing to Chicago Public Library members.  Go on an adventure to see what other libraries offer.  You may be surprised to find that they offer dvd rentals, large music selections, and even video games for check out!  Click the picture below to view the list of participating suburban libraries.
  • Talk about the new school year together.  Is there anything that your child is feeling nervous about?  Let them know that everyone is a little nervous to try something new, but that you and I will be there to help them.  Feel free to email me with specific questions!

I look forward to seeing you all on the first day of school!

Have a GREAT summer vacation!

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