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.

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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.

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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 . . . . "

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When kids interests in books begins

Between 4 and 6 months, your baby may begin to show more interest in books.

He or she will grab and hold books, but will mouth, chew, and drop them as well. Choose sturdy vinyl or cloth books with bright colors and repetitive or rhyming text.

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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.

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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.

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