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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Visit school with your child

If your child is young or in a new school, visit the school with your child. Meeting the teacher, locating their classroom, locker, lunchroom, etc., will help ease pre-school anxieties and also allow your child to ask questions about the new environment.

Call ahead to make sure the teachers will be available to introduce themselves to your child.

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Reinforce Toilet Training before school

Depending on the program, some preschools require three-year-olds to be potty trained by the first day of school, some don’t. Check with your school and then move ahead with your plan.

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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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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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