Visiting day care

One of the best ways to put your child at ease prior to starting day care is to have him or her visit the facility or family day care home, preferably more than once, for short visits.

Day care guide

When meeting with day care directors or caregivers, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable. It’s a good idea to have a written list with you so that you don’t forget a key query.

How kids can get organized

Every night before a school day, have your kids put their backpack near the door you will use to exit the house in the morning.

Taking an active roll at school

Teachers can encourage parents to take an active role in the classroom by requesting volunteers for holiday parties, field trips, or book readings.

Send your child’s teacher a birthday card

Sending a birthday greeting shows that you and your child appreciate the little things teacher does to make school enjoyable

School bus safety tip

Make sure that your child’s clothes do not have any loose drawstrings, which can get caught in school bus doors andcan be a safety hazard for toddler

Safety in walking to school

Make sure your child’s walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.

How language and thought are learned

Language & speech are primarily learned through imitation & observation. During infancy, babies listen & they pay close attention

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.

Kitchen safety tip.

When cooking, use the back burners on the stove and turn all pot handles towards the back of the stove.

Deals on school supplies

One strategy when you find a great deal on basic supplies such as paper, pencils, crayons, binders, etc, is to stock up with at least three of each item. The kids are well-stocked for the first day of school, and you can restock at least twice later in the school year.

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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Establish a homework routine

Establish a homework routine. Decide with your child on a time each night to do homework and stick to it. Kids like knowing when things will happen, rather than being caught off guard.

Assessing back-to-school clothes needs

Take an afternoon and assess each child’s clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing, and either store or donate the discards. Working with your child, clean and organize clothing storage before new garments are added–and cut down on school morning calls of "Mom! I don’t have any clean…"

Butterflies pre-school is normal

Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

The unknown of a new school

Faced with the unknown, an inventive kid’s imagination goes into overdrive. So explore the new school as much as you can. Show him where he’ll enter, and check out the playground.

Learning about clothing

Shopping for new school clothes is a great opportunity to review clothing items with preschool age children. (i.e.: This is a scarf…).

Remembering aid for kids

Attachable reminders are fabulous for little kids who forget everything, & older kids can attach them to their backpacks as self-reminders.

Be involved with education

Being involved in child’s education is extremely important for all kids, especially for kids with speech, language or learning difficulties

Keep back to school papers in order

Get Papers in order for back to school. While you’re calling the school, ask what paperwork your child will need to start. Take care of any missing vaccinations or forms ASAP, then gather all the papers in a large, clearly marked envelope or file and photocopy everything.
From: Scholastic Parents