Are you ready for school?by Terri Woods – Terri is a real estate agent servicing Santa Cruz and North Monterey Counties.
The Watsonville Strawberry Festival is over, vacations are winding down, and school is right around the corner for children living in Watsonville, CA. Monday, August 18th is the first day of the 2014-2015 school year for most (Pajaro Valley Unified School District School Calendar).
In addition, other schools in the area will be starting school in the next couple of weeks.
Watsonville School Trivia:
According to www.GreatSchools.org, there are 26 Preschools, 22 Elementary Schools, 21 Middle Schools, 13 High Schools, 26 Public Schools, 35 Private schools and 6 Charter Schools that service Watsonville. These schools range from public schools to daycare to charter schools like Watsonville Charter School of the Arts to private high schools like Monte Vista Christian School, St. Francis High School and even include equestrian schools such as Belmont Equestrian Training School.
Are you ready? Here are a few tips to prepare for the upcoming school year.
- Start with establishing a routine which includes going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time. I know, I know… bedtime can be a little tough, especially when it is still light outside. Allow your child to unwind in bed by reading a book. (The experts all agree that technology is not a good thing in bed – a.k.a. no cell phone, no iPad, no laptop. A good old-fashion book is best.)
- Get the child excited for the new school year by including them on back-to-school shopping. Check with your school campus for dress guidelines and school supplies. If at all possible, allow your child to make the decision on colors, styles, etc. (of course with parental guidance).
- Create a ‘school friendly’ environment in your home. Set a place for backpacks, homework, lunch boxes. This is a great opportunity/excuse to deep clean and reorganize your entrance way as well. As a real estate agent, I am always encouraging people to get rid of clutter.
- Find great recipes for healthy snacks and lunches. Buying pre-packaged snacks are much easier for a busy family, however, those are not always the healthiest. With a little extra effort, you and your child can make healthy snacks. Pinterest.com is my go-to place for healthy recipes and other fun ideas.
- Plan a miniature ‘Last Minute Before School Bucket List’ and have fun. Take a picnic to the beach. Go visit the free aquarium in Santa Cruz. Spend an evening at the boardwalk. Pick some apples and make an apple pie for the family and one to share with an elderly person. One last hoo-rah is so much fun.
For my full Back-To-School checklist, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.