Ready or Not?

Getting ready for back to school takes time and some planning. This school year empower your student by writing a list of things that need to happen for a successful school schedule. Include things like how much time is needed for sleep and suggested bedtimes. Develop a plan for activities prior to bedtime. Simply things like brushing teeth, organizing clothing for the next day, making lunches,snacks, and who might be responsible for organizing and packing a backpack should be addressed.

Begin early with resetting a school schedule. Have your students practice making a lunch and a snack prior to going to bed. Read a book together a little earlier every night and tuck him or her in with a kiss. Work on your morning routines: getting up with an alarm, getting ready for the day. Provide many opportunities for students to make decisions about how they plan on getting ready for school and what they might need to do to have a successful evenings and mornings. Develop systems that work for the whole family and practice and adjust the plan.

My family and I like to develop checklists of things to do for successful evenings and mornings. After we agree on what needs to be accomplished we hang the list on the refrigerator so that every family member knows what is expected.

Share your morning routines with me and I will post all of your suggestions.

Take care,



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Diana Loiewski has been teaching special needs students for over thirty years. She not only is a classroom high school teacher, she also serves as an administrative designee in IEP meetings, and case work trainer for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. In addition, she presents on special education topics all over the country and is a co author of Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success, and Healthy Relationships a multimedia workbook for special education teens and adults. ___________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Dominick is the parent of an 18-year-old special needs student. Elizabeth and her husband navigated the special needs odyssey from the time their son was 3 years old to the present. She and her husband have placed their son in both public and private settings and have worked with attorney advocates to get better services. Ultimately, they ended up educating themselves on special education law. Elizabeth is a past reporter and editor and currently writes parent meditations and other articles for __________________________________________________________________ Sharon McCormick is a special education teacher and blogger. She has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. Prior to that time, she worked with emotionally disturbed youth in residential and group home settings. She is clever and creative and enjoys supporting students with special education needs. ___________________________________________________________________________ Renee Tompkins is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Services. She is an amazing and energetic professional with fifteen years of experience working directly with special needs students. She also serves as a board member of the Special Education Foundation and supports fundraising efforts for teachers within the Poway Unified School District. She is currently employed with the Poway Unified School District and she delivers services to both groups and individuals in the transition program working with adults eighteen-years-- twenty-two years of age. Her current responsibilities include organizing and running a healthy relationship program with both men and women with intellectual disabilities.
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