Preparing for Back to School

As we enter the month of August, the end of summer is upon us and the new school year is right around the corner. Frederick County goes back to school on August 22. Parents often have mixed emotions about the beginning of the school year: there’s no more planning ten-hour stretches of entertainment, but also the return of strict schedules and stress.  We suggest that you make the most of the last few weeks of summer vacation and enjoy time with family before the school year routine starts back up.

Going back to school can be a tough transition, especially for younger kids.  Help make it as smooth as possible with these three simple steps:

·         Get back on schedule: In the weeks before school begins, start adjusting your child’s sleep schedule. Move bedtime 10 minutes earlier each night and wake them earlier each morning until they are on schedule for school.

·         Make daily reading a habit again: Start having kids read each evening before bed to help prepare them for homework once school begins again. Make it fun by taking them to the library and letting them choose their own books.

·         Have fun! Last but not least, make sure to enjoy your children! Take the kids on one last summer adventure, to the beach, on a road trip or even a day of fun at Adventure Park USA.   

Since back to school shopping can be both fun and stressful, make it as easy as possible by preparing a list of what you need before even stepping foot into a store. Get your kids excited about school by letting them help pick out school supplies. Maryland’s tax free week for 2016 is August 7-13. Qualifying clothes and shoes, $100 or less per item, are exempt from the state sales tax during this week. Take advantage of this time to save a little money on clothes for the upcoming school year.

For the kids who are too young to attend school in the fall, Adventure Park Academy has Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Teachers use an emergent thematic and play based approach to curriculum teaching. During these programs, emphasis is placed on the social skills of sharing, communication, self-concept and meeting personal needs. Both programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. For more information about Adventure Park Academy, click here.