It’s time to get back to class! While there may be some first-day jitters or even a little anxiety, a new school year should be a time of discovery and excitement for students. To help easy any nerves, Apex Leadership Company offers the following tips to help kids prepare for the first day of school.

Check The List — By now students should have their class schedules, know who their teachers are going to be and have received their class supply lists. Getting all those items purchased and in their proper places (some classrooms allow students to bring in supplies a few days prior to the first day of school) before the first day back will help students feel organized and “ready” to get to work when the first bell rings. Waiting until the last minute tends to add to feelings of chaos or disorganization, which can make parents and students a little stressed!

Get Back on Track — For many families, summer is a time to lax a little on bedtimes and regular schedules for meal times and more. But a routine schedule can help students know what to expect and what’ next to come, which can be comforting for many.

Create a Study Space — Designate an area in the home or students’ bedrooms that is just for storing school work, doing homework, reading and other school-related efforts. That way, once school gets into full swing, students will know exactly where all their school things should go and where they can go when they need a quiet place to study.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise — A good night’s sleep is so important for many reasons. For students, a solid seven or eight hours of rest can make the difference between feeling well rested and ready to focus on the first day of school — or not. Waking up early and giving students plenty of time to get out of bed, eat a nourishing breakfast and get their things together before heading out the door without having to rush is an essential way to kick off a great first day of school.

Prepare the Night Before — Before hitting the sack on the “first day of school eve,” students and parents can work together to get as much ready for the next day as possible. That means packing a lunch and storing it in the fridge, getting all those important school supplies into the backpack, laying out clothes for the next day and more.

As kids around the country prepare to head back to class, they may feel a little sad that summer break is over or nervous about a new year ahead. Parents can help ease their nerves with some positive reinforcement and encouragement. Apex Leadership Company wishes students and parents alike a great start to the new school year!