Minimize Accessories. Nothing is cuter than a little girl with bling or a little boy in a superhero cape, however, wearing these extra accessories can become a distraction during the school day. Students play with them while they should be paying attention to what their teacher is teaching. They can also distract fellow classmates. Many of these accessories can get lost or stolen. You want your kids to focus at school so think of leaving these “extras” at home.
Functional Footwear. Interactive learning is all the rage in schools. Kinesthetic approaches to academics engage students to maximize learning and make school fun. Make sure that your child wears functional footwear such as sneakers, flat shoes, or boots to ensure full participation in any of these activities. It is very possible that your child may be moving, jumping, dancing, or running even on days when they do not have gym class. Avoid flip-flops, high heels, and wheel-y shoes to ensure full and safe participation. Also, make sure your child’s shoes fit properly and are not too small. Socks should be worn with sneakers to ensure comfort and proper fit.
Machine Washable Fabrics. When purchasing new clothes, please read the care label to ensure easy laundering. Classrooms can be breeding grounds for germs. Make sure you wash your child’s clothing after each wear to minimize the transfer of illness or bed bugs back to your home.
Age Appropriate Logos/Phrases. Please proof-read any words or phrases gracing the garb of your child. Designers are tending to write things that may be rude or sexual in nature on shirts and pants. School should be a friendly and safe place for all students. A teacher or another student could be offended by an off- putting graphic or logo. Make sure whatever is plastered across your child’s chest or behind is age appropriate.
Child Friendly Clothing. Our kids want to fit in and wear the coolest sneakers or the trendiest jeans just like their classmates. Style is unique and we do not want to hinder personal expression at a young age. We also want our kids to fit in. With that being said, please make sure you spend time teaching your child how to put on these garments alone. Teach your child to zip and unzip, tie and untie, button and unbutton. Please understand that teachers legally cannot dress or undress your child. If your child is unable to handle typical closures please consider alternatives such as Velcro, slip on shoes, elastic waist bands or magnets.
Happy Back to School shopping!
Thank you to Alyssa Goldinger, an experienced NYC teacher, for sharing this advice with all of our families!