The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, kids are chasing ice cream trucks, and the school year is right around the corner.
Although there is still a month and half before the school bell rings again, now is the time to make sure that your child has everything in place to begin the new year right.
- Schedule your physicals early. Doctors offices and clinics fill up quickly in August, so get a jump on the rush and schedule your child for an early visit. To sweeten the deal, clinics often offer special incentives or contests for families planning ahead. Take a few minutes to schedule your child’s appointment for an annual physical, and be sure to bring along any specific forms your school may require for sports or special activities.
- Get ready for IEPs. Hoping to get a little extra help with your child’s academic needs? Make sure you are ready for the onslaught of paperwork for IEPs (Individual Education Plans). If your child’s needs are based on a health diagnosis, contact your Physician for the necessary documentation. If your concerns are solely social or academic, gather the tests and reports needed to support your request for services. IEPs can often be a confusing and intimidating process. If you would like assistance navigating the school system maze, contact AYFN for assistance.
- Plug the brain drain. While kids are playing, sleeping in, and enjoying their Summer lives of leisure, their brain are slowly oozing out every equation and English grammar rule they’ve ever learned. Okay, so maybe it’s not as dramatic as that; but, it’s close. Summers are notorious for loss of brainpower and the draining of information. Help your kids retain their skills by Summer reading. Having your students read for just a few minutes each day, or sharing a book before bedtime does wonders for their growing minds.
Most important of all, enjoy your time together. Summers in Alaska go by quickly, and soon your kids will once again be swallowed up in the world of school activities, sports, and homework. So, embrace your time together now. Go for walks. Start a water balloon war. Grill hotdogs in the back yard.
It won’t be long before the bells begin to ring once again, and school will be back in session.