Getting Kids Ready to Head Back to School

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Knoxville (WVLT) - There's everything from sadness to smiles to anticipation for school children. That's because Friday ends the last full week of summer vacation for most kids in East Tennessee.

Next week it's back to the books, and that's not always an easy adjustment.

Volunteer TV’s Allison Hunt talked to some teachers who say getting your kids into a routine before the big day makes their job a bit easier.

It's that time of year again.

Bells, backpacks, books -- it's back to school.

"I'm hoping they'll come back to school enthusiastic, that they're back at school, see some of their friends they haven't seen over the summer and they're ready to learn,” says Rick Christian from Knox County Schools.

But the adjustment from summer to study can be a tough one.

"I think the preparation involved with getting rest and getting sleep is a big deal to the first day of school,” says Ashley Moneyhun from Knox County Schools.

There's no more lounging' around, so Tip Pressley brought his daughter to the Knoxville Zoo before she heads to class, because with school just around the corner, bedtime comes early.

"I think that's the hardest part is getting them to bed, but at the same time they're excited to get back to school,” Pressley says.

But it's important, so Denise Melvin has her boys hit the sack early, two weeks before the bell rings. "They have to start adjusting bedtime to where they're basically going to bed while it's still daylight outside."

Nine-year-old Brendan and 14-year-old Jeremy also have to hit the books.

"We go through refresher courses to review what they finished up at the end of the school year, so when they go in for the incoming they've knocked some of the rust off,” says Denise.

And getting their minds in motion helps.

"Ask their kid, hey this is 40% off, how much do you think it's gonna cost? Or what about tax, how much do you think it will be without taxes?" suggests Christian.

But before tests and alarm clocks, "One last weekend or whatever to just have some fun before their routine sets in,” Pressley says.

Teachers say to spend lots of time with your kids this weekend to get them energized for the first day back.

Also showing lots of support will get them excited to get back in the classroom.

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