If you're like just about every other kid, you're
probably a little nervous and excited about the first day. To help battle the
butterflies fluttering in your stomach, it might help to bring a favorite pencil
or wear a special outfit on the first day. Lots of kids feel pressure to buy a
new outfit for the start of the school year, but the real trick is just to be
comfortable. Wear your favorite pair of jeans or that funky T-shirt you got on
vacation this summer. Every time you look down, it's a guaranteed smile. If your
school requires that you wear a uniform, wear your favorite bracelet or watch
- or something else that you really like! What if you hate school by the end of
day one? Teachers recommend giving things some time to sort themselves out - once
you know your way around the building and are used to the school-day routine,
you'll probably feel better. If you still have those feelings after a couple weeks,
be sure to talk to your mom or dad or your teacher about how you're feeling. It
might also help to talk to the guidance counselor at your school to discuss your
feelings. It's the guidance counselor's job to help make school a good experience
Packing Your School
Some teachers mail a specific list of supplies (such as pencils, notebooks,
and erasers) to your house over the summer so that you'll know what you need to
bring with you. Start with this list of basic stuff and add to it whatever else
you think will help make the school day a bit easier - a pocket dictionary to
check your spelling or a few dollars to buy an emergency lunch in the school cafeteria,
for example. The most important tip about backpacks is to pack them the night
before to prevent last-minute morning panic. Check to make sure that you'll have
everything you'll need for the day, especially your homework and gym clothes.
Packing a Lunch
school offers healthy lunches in the cafeteria, but there will always be a day
here and there when you don't like what's on the menu. Packing your lunch can
give you just as many options as the cafeteria, and this way you'll know for sure
that you'll like your lunch. To get your fruits and veggies, ask your mom or dad
to cut up whatever's in season and put it in single-serving containers. Good choices
include oranges, pineapple, grapes, carrots, broccoli, and cucumbers. Include
a container of salad dressing for veggies or peanut butter for dipping apple slices.
Think lunch has to be a bologna sandwich or a thermos of chicken noodle soup?
Not anymore! Wraps made with tortillas and bean dips, extra slices of vegetable
pizza left from dinner, and cold spaghetti are healthy favorites - and are as
fun as a sandwich. To find healthy lunches in the cafeteria, look for baked rather
than fried items (like a baked potato instead of french fries) and avoid salty
or high-fat picks like chips, cookies, ice cream, and whole-fat milk. Go for skim
milk, fruit, or frozen yogurt instead.
You Get Sick at School
Who hasn't gotten sick to their stomach at school,
a fever, or taken a tumble on the playground that resulted in a bloody scrape?
If this happens to you, talk to your teacher or the school nurse about what to
do. The school nurse and your teacher can handle minor injuries and headaches,
but they will call your parents or guardians if they think you need to see your
doctor or go home to bed. Most schools ask for a note from your mom or dad if
you miss school due to illness. You can usually get notes from your teacher to
cover any work you missed while you were out sick, or you can ask a buddy to pick
up an extra copy of any handouts and take notes in class for you. If you feel
up to it, try to read your school books while you rest, but if you don't - that's
OK. School can wait - it's more important that you take care of yourself.
Tips for Making School Cool
for Making School Cool Follow these tips to prepare the way for a successful
all the days that follow:
Get enough sleep so you'll be able
to stay awake in class.
Eat a balanced breakfast to give you the energy
Try to go to school with a positive attitude every day (although
it's OK to have a blue funk sometimes).
Give school your best effort.
Develop good work habits. That means writing down your assignments and
turning in your homework on time.
Take your time with assignments in
and out of the classroom. If you don't understand something, ask the teacher.
Keep a sense of humor. One teacher we know shows his new students a picture
of himself graduating high school - a grinning ape in a red graduation cap and
gown. This usually makes the kids laugh, and it's a good way to remind them that
school is fun!