Shop back to school early

Shop for your back to school items early. Don’t be left to frantically sift through the picked-over rubble in the school supplies section of your local department store to find a pencil case of a particular style and color.

Homework helper?

Help your child manage his homework, don’t do it for him.

Kindergarden Skills

Skills During Kindergarten: Curriculums may vary from school to school, general goals focus on building strong pre-reading skills. source

Getting ready for school

A few weeks before school begins, casually incorporate making the journey to school into conversation source

Work with teachers

Work closely with the teacher before the first school day. Help her understand your child’s interests and strengths source

Good-bye meltdowns

Prevent good-bye meltdowns. If your child is nervous about spending time apart, give him something tangible to remind him of you. source

Routines

Develop predictable routines. Kids cooperate in school because they know what’s expected of them. source

Expecting more

Expect more. Most tots have a way of living up (or down) to expectations source

Hamster dance

The pre-school class hamster is a great tool for kids to observe living things and learn what they need to grow Source

Counting & shape skills

Before it’s time to board the kindergarden bus, your child should know how to count to 20 and identify simple shapes. Source

Preschool milestones

By the end of preschool tots should be able to identify the starting sounds of words & be able to rhyme easily. Source

Meet the teachers

Tell teachers about your children’s interests and hobbies. Make a date to visit teachers’ classrooms; don’t wait for Back-to-School Night or parent-teacher conferences to open the lines of communication. Provide teachers with your phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

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School bus safety

School-bus accidents actually are surprisingly rare. When they do happen, they’re often in the first two months of the school year, when kids are anxious or excited, and less likely to be cautious when getting on or off the bus.

Riding the bus is 12 times safer than walking, biking, or riding in a car to school.

From: Parenting

Sleep for preschoolers

Preschoolers should get about 11-13 hours of sleep a night, not always the easiest task. But a good night’s sleep will help him concentrate, feel less cranky and put him in an overall good mood.

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How to not lose school supplies

Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that’s hard to miss can stave off the inevitable. Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.

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Put a label on his stuff

Labeling your child’s equipment and clothing with their name will help prevent loss, confusion and possible upset for your child.

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Structured activities

Many preschools focus on different activities in structured time periods: Art projects, indoor play, outdoor play, etc. Adding structured activities at home prior to the start of school helps prepare your child.

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Talking with parents when preschool shopping

When researching preschools talk with parents who are enrolled at the preschool. Find out their concerns, likes and dislikes.

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Picking a pre-school program

Preschool programs that properly stimulate and nurture a young child’s mind will result in better-prepared children by the time they start school.

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Common early childhood terms

Knowing the difference between other common early childhood terms will help you make informed decisions regarding your child’s education. Review this list of common terms to describe preschool settings.

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