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

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.

From: Parenting

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.

From: Parenting

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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