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Preparing for back-to-school 2012

Preparing for back-to-school

After months of waking up late, snacking on Popsicle and spending the days in their swimsuits, the return to reality is not always easy. Go the Flamingo way, with our back-to-school countdown list.

Back-to-school countdown


  • 1 month before: Make sure all medical matters are taken care of, i.e. vaccinations, eye check-ups, etc.
  • 3 weeks before: Make a list of the new clothes your child will need.
  • 3 weeks before: Purchase and label your child's school supplies and clothing. Don't buy everything, however, since the teacher will have their own list.
  • 2 weeks before: To stimulate their mind, have your child start reading again and/or playing educational games before bedtime.
  • 1 week before: Begin putting the kids to bed at the same time as on school nights.
  • 1 week before: Fix up their homework area, if necessary.
  • 3 to 5 days before: Make a back-to-school grocery list, including items your child would like.
  • 3 to 5 days before: With your child, go over the rules for school nights: e.g. playtime with friends, homework, bedtime, etc.
  • 2 days before: If required, prepare a list of questions for your meeting with the new teacher. If your child has a particular issue (e.g. shyness, stuttering, allergies, etc.), now is the time to mention it.
  • 2 days before: Have a constructive conversation with your child about school in general: what they like about it, who their best friends are, how they've changed over the summer (e.g. height, haircut, etc.).
  • 2 days before: If your child is going to a new school, show them the bus stop, the neighbourhood of the school, the daycare drop-off spot, the nearest park, etc.
  • The night before: With your child, prepare their clothes, lunchbox and school bag for the big day.
  • 1 week after: Plan an evening or a day on the weekend to purchase school supplies, running shoes and other items required by the school and/or the teacher.
  • Labour Day: Plan a special and relaxing activity for your family to mark the end of summer, such as our pick-your-own outing.