1) Get the Data Out!
Find last year’s IEP and the end of year’s progress report. Compare the two. How much of what was targeted for last school year was accomplished? What still needs to be carried over.
2) Get Back Into the Routine
Don’t wait until the night before to get back to a regular schedule. You don’t have to be on “school night”
schedule, but you need to re-establish a schedule that is consistently applied. The same goes for the morning routine. If it’s dress, breakfast, and then brush teeth, then reinstate that process a couple of weeks before school actually begins.
3) Do a Quick Review
When you are looking at the progress report and IEP, pull out some items that can be refreshed by a quick review. For example; make some flash cards of the alphabet, the time tables, survival signs, whatever is part of the work your child did last year. Now practice with them, recalling what they know. But make it a game…no stress. It’s still summer right? This gets them warmed up and ready for school.
4) Identify Goals
Ask your child what things they want to learn this year in school. What types of things do they like to learn?
Reading, Math? Consider things that don’t really sound like school subjects as well, like sports and maps. Once you know what they might like to learn explore some ways to learn a little about the topic in a fun manner. Again this is just getting them warmed up for school.
5) Meet the Teacher
Stop by the school and drop a note to the teacher. Share your excitement for the upcoming year; introduce yourself and your child. But remember that the teachers have a zillion things to do before they can even think about their class for the new year. The preschool weeks are filed with in-service activities that keep them busy all day long. So even though you made the effort, the teacher may not have a minute to get back to you with a thoughtful response.