Eyes and teeth: An annual eye exam is so important for kids, especially before they start the new school year. A lot of learning is visual. If they can’t see what’s going on, they can’t learn it well, which can also affect their confidence. A dental check-up is just as important. Problems can be prevented, or taken care of before they get worse. Pain, tears, and missed school days can be avoided.
Up to date on immunization? The school requirements for Kindergarten through 5th grade are vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella. In addition, 6th-12th graders who are at least 11 years old are required to have a booster dose against pertussis, and a meningococcal vaccine. Some additional vaccines are recommended but not required for school. Not sure what vaccines to get or when to get them? You can download easy-to-read immunization schedules for all ages on the CDC website.
Safety gear check: Where’s that bike helmet? Does it still fit? What about the sports safety gear? These are questions best asked now, not the night before school opens. Don’t forget sun safety. It’s really hot outside. Does everyone have sunglasses, a hat and a good water bottle so they can stay hydrated?
Prepare their minds: Moving up a grade is a big deal. Talk to your kids about what they’re looking forward to, and about any concerns they have. Set a positive tone with a planned shopping trip for back-to-school supplies and a treat to ‘promote’ them to their new grade. Remember to transition into the routine school bedtime now, so everyone will be upbeat on the first day of school.