Noting back to school nights

Make a note of important dates, especially back-to-school nights.

This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations. Arrange for a babysitter now, if necessary.

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Back to School clothing tip

Rather than rushing out in August to buy school clothes, wait it out until mid-September.

In addition to finding more things on sale, your kids will also have an opportunity to see what everyone else is wearing before they buy those jeans they thought were trendy.

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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.

Despite your best efforts, your child is going to get sick, especially during his or her first few years of contact with larger groups of children. But a child’s immunity improves with time.

School-age children gradually become less prone to common illnesses and recover more quickly from the diseases they do catch.

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Packing smartly for school

Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that’s hard to miss can stave off the inevitable.

Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.

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Reviewing cafeteria schedules

Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home.

With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.

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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 in your block, as this is a method that will go a long way towards assuring safety for your school going child.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!
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