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.
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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.

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School bus safety

School-bus accidents actually are surprisingly rare. When they do happen, they’re often in the first two months of the school year, when kids are anxious or excited, and less likely to be cautious when getting on or off the bus.

Riding the bus is 12 times safer than walking, biking, or riding in a car to school.

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Getting ready for back to school.

In preparation for back to school, move bedtime and wake time up by 15 minutes starting two to three weeks before the first day of the new routine.

 Every few days, make them another 15 minutes earlier.

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Talking to kids about school

Spend time talking with your child about preschool even before it starts.

Before the first day, gradually introduce your child to activities that often take place in a classroom.

A child accustomed to scribbling with paper and crayons at home, for example, will find it comforting to discover the same crayons and paper in his or her preschool classroom.

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Talking to principal before school starts

Parents need to be prepared for preschool, too. Talk to the principal and the preschool teacher to find out as much information as you can about your child attending preschool.

If you know about the new routines and experiences your child will encounter, you will be ready to answer any questions they might have.

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Talk up preschool

Talk positively about preschool ahead of time: their new teacher, their new friends, their new classroom.

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Shop end-of-summer sales

You know as well as we do that kids wear short sleeve polo shirts all year long, so hit the big summer sales and snap up discounted duds that can be worn well into fall.

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Book Suggestion: The Quiet Book

In The Quiet Book the repetitive pattern of the text paired with softly colored illustrations of adorable stuffed animals is better than a lullaby.

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Connecting with the bus driver

Communicate with your child’s bus driver and encourage your child to do the same thing.

Children are sometimes very hesitant to talk to their bus driver, and it can become very important for you to take the step of speaking with them about bullying behavior on the school bus.

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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.

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Scheduling naps and daycare

If your child goes to day care, shoot for the same schedule that the facility imposes regarding naps.

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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 week of school.

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prepping for school colds

When preping for pre-school stock up on tissues, saline drops, antibacterial soap and gel, wipes, all the little items you wish you had in your pocketbook, car, or briefcase. As soon as the first cold hits, and it will, you’ll be so glad you did.

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Kids and back-to-sickness

Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. The top 5 causes for missed school are colds, stomach flu, ear infection, pink eye and sore throat.

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Managing the teacher supply list

The teacher’s supply list at the start of a new school year is daunting enough so don’t waste time and money on unlisted items.

Extra supplies, while they may be cute, will probably never get used and just leave your pockets empty.

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Before school starts, review all of the information

Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives. These packets include important information about your child’s teacher, room number, school supply requirements, sign ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities.

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Nap time and pre-school

When preparing for preschool re institute Nap Time.

This can be a big one because in the summer it’s easy to get away from toddler naptime, especially if you have older children you have been keeping busy.

Find out from your preschool what time nap time will be and start getting ready for it.

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Make a back-to-school calendar

Make a back-to-school calendar. Simply write the countdown on a piece of paper, which the kids can decorate. Cross out the dates or use stickers.

Another idea is to make a kind of back-to-school "advent-type" calendar. Every day children receive a little present, including little things which they will need for the next school year.

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