Healthy dinners when things get hectic

Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first weeks of school.

Reviewing cafeteria schedules

Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home. With advanced info plan on packing lunch on days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat

Book Suggestion: I Don’t Want To Go To School!

I Don’t Want to Go To School! is the perfect little book for the youngster in your life who is just starting school.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Waiting with kids for the bus

Make sure that one adult waits at the bus stop where young children are waiting for the bus to arrive. You could coordinate this with other parents for safety of the kids.

Washing hands is important

The single most important thing your child can do to prevent illness is to wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently.

When kids interests in books begins

Between 4-6 most baby may begin to show more interest in books. He will grab & hold books, but will mouth, chew, and drop them as well.

Acclimating to school

Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.

Waiting for the bus

When waiting for the bus teach him to wait in a line when the bus is arriving, and not to run directly into the path of the bus in his hurry to catch it. At times the drivers too are helpless and there is only so much they can do to prevent an accident.

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 childĀ 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.