It puts them back in the school going mode. It is a bonding activity too for me and them. I would buy a few new things for them to make going back to school more exciting. However, sitting down and sharpening their old pencils teaches them to value used items.
Then we would go through their school work to make sure that they had completed any assignments that needs to be done so that they don't feel any anxiety or worry. It is also important to make sure that they start following the school routine bedtime hours so that their body gets used to the transition back to school as well.
In this manner, we're all set to go back to school, mentally and physically.
Read more tips about going back to school on my squidoo lenses:
1. How to Make Going Back to School Fun
2. Cute Back to School Supplies