31 Jul

Back to School – Sweet Summers End

The hot summer days spent lounging by the pool and eating popsicles is coming to a close! The school year is quickly approaching on us. Below are tips on how to have a smooth and stress free transitioning time.

  • Routines

A few weeks before the kids are set to go back to school try and get them back into their routines. Sit down and review with them what the weekly schedule is going to look like throughout the school year. This can include what time they will wake up, their pick up time from school, any after school activities and what time they should head to bed. Gradually getting back to an earlier bedtime will help kids have an easier adjustment period.

  • Familiarization

For some, the first day of school can be scary. This is especially true if they will be starting at a new school. Take the time to drive them by their new school and walk the grounds if you are able to. This will help ease the anxiety of the “unknown” and give them a better idea of where they will be attending.

  • Get Organized

Back to school is not just hectic for the kids, it is hectic for the parents as well! Making sure you have all of the keys to a successful school year ahead of time is crucial. Find important dates that happen throughout the school year and mark them down. This can include teacher conferences, early release days and holidays they will be out of school. It will also be helpful to create a filing system where you can easily organize any papers your child brings home. Label each file with things such as: papers to sign, important dates, upcoming events and school projects.

By doing just a few of these things you are sure to have an easier transition from summer nights to school days.  The children and youth at Place of Hope do not always have the necessary supplies to succeed in school when they first come into our care.

Upon their arrival, we always provide them with a “blessing bag” that contains the essential items. They may come with nothing, but they will leave with something! If you would like to take part in this blessing please contact Sophia at or 561-775-7195.