5 Tips  for Having a Great First Day  of School

5 Tips for Having a Great First Day of School

Aug 30, 2019

Are you ready for the first day of school? The first day of school is a big deal for kids and parents. Getting back into a school routine can be tough, especially for children who start at a new school. We’ve put together a few essential tips for the first day of school so you and your child can have a successful start to the school year.

Visit the school or go to an open house

Preparation is the best way to minimize first-day jitters and stress. Before the school year starts, take your child to an open house, orientation, or a tour of the school. Perhaps even ask to shadow a class. This is particularly helpful if your child is starting at a new school. By visiting the building beforehand, your child can familiarize herself or himself with the schedule and routine, which may boost confidence and help the transition seem less scary.

Prep everything the night before

The morning of the first day of school should be as calm as possible, so taking the time to prep the night before will help make the morning routine run smoothly. You can prepare things such as:

  • check The school outfit
  • check School lunch
  • check Book bags
  • check Any medical forms, permission slips or paperwork needed

When you prepare everything ahead of time, you’ll also have a chance to catch any last-minute tasks that you might have missed leading up to the first day.

Get a good night’s sleep and wake up early

That goes for you and your child! It’s pretty common to let bedtime lapse over the summer, especially when the days are much longer. Ideally, you should start gradually adjusting sleep and wake schedules about two weeks before school starts. That way, getting to bed on time is already a habit, and the night before school starts, your child will be good to go.

On the big day, encourage your child to wake up early, which will help them to acclimate to the new routine and leave room in case something unexpected arises. Plus, your child can get to school a little bit earlier, alleviating stress for you and your child (especially navigating through traffic during drop-off)!

Eat a healthy breakfast

No matter how excited or nervous your child might be, it is important that they don’t skip breakfast. Having a healthy breakfast can help kids better regulate their appetite and avoid common illnesses. Getting breakfast ready is another reason why waking up early on the first day is a good idea. However, that doesn’t mean preparing breakfast needs to be a long ordeal. You can prep breakfast foods the night before or bake batches of food like breakfast muffins to cut down on time.

Be mindful of how your child is feeling

As a parent, you may be focused on getting your child’s things ready or being on time. That’s totally normal. However, don’t forget to be mindful of how he or she is feeling. Your child may feel anxious, excited, scared, or stressed. Try to remain calm; if you act stressed, your child will pick up on it. Focus on the positive and let your child talk about their fears or worries if they need to. Remind them that these feelings are common and okay to have, and that you’ll be there when the school day is over.

Are you thinking of enrolling your child at a new school? Stratford School’s curriculum infuses academics with a true appreciation of the arts. Our staff prepares students for success in high school, college, and beyond. Learn more about our philosophy or schedule a tour now at stratfordschools.com/tours!


Stratford School is located at 24741 Chrisanta Drive in Mission Viejo. For information, call (949) 458-1776 or visit stratfordschools.com