Get to know your school bus driver

Become familiar with the school bus driver and the transportation company that is contracted by the school to transport your child. Provide all of these individuals your telephone number and walk with your child to the bus.

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.

Bus safety tip

When your toddler waits for the bus, teach him to avoid roughhousing behavior. Teach him to be wary of the traffic on the busy roads, and on how to stay away from the traffic and how to stand quietly and safely while waiting.

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.

Join the PTA

Join the PTA or other parent groups. As a group, participate in school events and see how you can help the school reach its goals.

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.

Getting ready for back to school

During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to rise when school begins.

Daycare fees

While daycare center rates are important, check for hidden fees which will add up during the year. Being late to pick up your toddler will incur some hefty overage charges!

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

First week of school tip

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.
From: Squidoo.com

Getting schedules back in order

As summer ends so does your child’s freedom to sleep in and eat erratically. Ease him back into a school schedule by shifting his bedtime back to a school-day bedtime and waking him closer to the hour he’ll need to rise. Also start serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks a few weeks before classes begin on a school schedule to help his appetite adjust.
From: Scholastic Parents

starting in a new school

If you have moved or your child is moving up to a new school, call and find out when you can come in and tour the school. Everyone will breathe easier if they know where they are going the first day.

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.

Put claim to your toddler stuff

Prepare for back to school by marking all their stuff! Put your child’s name on the back of everything including backpack, books, jackets, and even shoes.
From: Christian-parent.com

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.

From: toddlertee.com