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.

From: childcare.about.com Opens in new window

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.

From: ncld.org Opens in new window

Starting the day right

No one likes to race through the school morning routine — especially on the first day. So get everyone up at a reasonable hour.

That way, you won’t have to hurry your child as he munches through his morning meal — or risk being late because you had to tame your frazzled tot’s tantrum.

From: whattoexpect.com Opens in new window

The “Parent Who Forgets the Diapers”

Don’t Be the "Parent Who Keeps Forgetting to Bring Diapers" to pre-school. Buy one of those large packages of diapers and put it in the trunk of your car, then when you get the "diapers needed" note, you can just walk outside and get them.

From: linderlearningland.com Opens in new window

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.

From: familyeducation.com Opens in new window

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. Use this list as a guide.

From: parents.com Opens in new window

Packing smartly for school

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.

From: parenting.com Opens in new window

Tags: ,

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.

All books, papers, gym clothes, snacks, money, notes to teachers, etc. they will need the next day should be in the backpack

From: ehow.com Opens in new window

Tags: ,

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.

Often, parents feel more at ease when they have the chance to meet their child’s friends and observe the day-to-day happenings at preschool.

From: brighthub.com Opens in new window

Tags: ,

School bus safety tip

Make sure that your child’s clothes do not have any loose drawstrings or other fasteners hanging out.

Drawstrings have been found to get caught in school bus doors and this can be a very great safety hazard for your toddler. Make sure that all loose dangling things are removed from your toddler’s clothing and his school bag and so on before he steps out of the house.

From: theparentszone.com Opens in new window

Send your child’s teacher a birthday card

Teachers are generous people. Throughout the school year, they spend countless hours decorating classrooms, arranging special events and volunteering their time to help others – not to mention digging into their own pockets to supplement school supplies and activities.

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

From: thebabycorner.com Opens in new window

Tags: ,

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.

From: American Academy of Pediatrics Opens in new window

Tags: , ,

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.

From: frugaldad.com Opens in new window

Tags: ,

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.

From: thebabycorner.com Opens in new window

Tags: ,

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 . . . . "

From: Organized Home.com Opens in new window

Tags: , ,

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.

From: American Academy of Pediatrics Opens in new window

Tags: ,

How language and thought are learned

Language and speech are primarily learned through imitation and observation.

During infancy, babies listen to their parents talk and they pay close attention when someone talks to them. This observation of casual conversation is the foundation for a child’s understanding of their native language.

From: brighttomato.com.au

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.

From: Parenting

Kitchen safety tip.

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