Starting a new school year can be a time of great excitement and anxiety. However, with the right information, all of that can be a walkover. Vanguard Woman’s Own (published every Thursday in Vanguard Newspapers) is determined to help resolve this reoccurring challenge faced by every parent and for that, we will be feeding you our esteemed readers with a one-of-a-kind Back-To-School edition at intervals, in which we will be providing answers to all of your back-to-school challenges such as the following.
Do not mss this opportunity as schools resume in a few days for a new school year; remember to pick a copy of next Thursday (September 7th, 2017) Vanguard and see the Woman’s Own section for this special Back-To-School bumper package.
- Selecting a new school
The second most important decision you will make as a parent — apart from deciding to have a child in the first place — is deciding which school to enrol them in. Make the right decision and you could put your child on a path toward lifelong learning, a prestigious education and a successful career.
Thus, one thing common with parents at this time of the year is that they are either taking their child to the same school they (the child) attended last session or resuming in a new school. If yours is going to a new school, then certain factors must be considered before picking one.
- Back-to-school shopping
It is time to shop for back-to-school items—new writing materials, new school shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, electronic gadgets and other supplies that can enhance children’s interest about the new academic session. Conversely, you might be dismayed at the cost of these items around this time. We will be providing you with information on how to spend less when shopping for quality school items; and probably suggesting the right dealers if possible.
- Back-to-school finance tips
Many parents spend a fortune getting a one child ready for school at the beginning of each school year and this year, they risk spending thrice their usual cost due to the current prices of goods and services in the country. Whether you’ve begun shopping or not, watch out for our back-to-school finance tips next week and you’ll thank us later. You will also be learning how to teach your child the difference between wants and need.
- Setting bedtime, wake-up schedule
This is one of the most difficult part of transitioning from summer to school after weeks of staying awake late into the night, watching movies, chatting, playing or even doing nothing. Switching from a summer to a school schedule can thus be stressful to everyone in the household. We are bringing you tested, trusted and expert-approved ideas on how to transition back into healthy bedtime routines that will help ensure optimal school performance.
- Easing back into school work
Whether your child went for summer coaching classes or not, easing back into your school work can be quite difficult for many children. Thus, our experts will be recommending ways to get your child reconditioned into making school work part of their daily lives again and even performing better.
- Making studying priority pne
Heading into a new school year, educators say parents must establish some well-defined academic goals and hold their children accountable. Every single information you need on how to achieve these will be coming your way next Thursday.
School safety is a prime factor to consider as your child goes back to school because you certainly don’t want to lose them to an accident or have them coming home with ill health and injuries as a result of the food and other things they are exposed to at their school. We will show parents, teachers and school operators exactly how to deal with that next Thursday.
- Getting to and from school safe
Children should be reminded of staying safe at all times when traveling to and from school, whether that is by school bus, commercial bus or walking. The times we are in right now does not give room for taking personal security for granted and for that, every single information you need to keep your child safe throughout the school year will be reeled out too.
Children should return to friendly school environments over the next few weeks but some won’t and the reason is simple: some others will be bullying. Bullying is a highly dangerous behaviour and could make a child dread waking up for school. Thus, whether your child is going to be bullied or will be bullying other children, you will be getting useful tips on making bullying history in your child’s life.
- Extracurricular activities
Gone are days when education was confined to the classrooms. These days, learning is packed full with extracurricular activities that help support children’s overall development. Teaching children to participate in extracurricular activities will therefore be one of our targets next Thursday.
- Healthy eating for optimal performance
Healthy children that get enough sleep and eat nourishing meals means improved performance at school. Therefore, our nutritionists have pulled out their best advice to help you ensure optimal learning for your child throughout the coming school year!
Every information needed on all of the above will be contained in Vanguard Woman’s Own special BACK-TO-SCHOOL edition next Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Grab a copy!