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.
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.
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.
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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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
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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.
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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.
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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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.
When cooking, use the back burners on the stove and turn all pot handles towards the back of the stove.
Being involved in your child’s education is extremely important for all kids, and especially for kids with speech, language or learning difficulties.
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
Keep your evenings as free as possible during the first week of school for all those unpredictable errands that have to be run that first week.
Attachable reminders are fabulous for little kids who forget everything in sight, and older kids can attach them to their backpacks as self-reminders.