Back To School Tips For Parents In 2022

While it may still be the middle of July, summer will be over before you know it. That means you’ll soon have to start preparing your children for the start of another school year. This is often a difficult process for parents, as kids spend the summer having fun, staying up late, and thinking about anything other than school. If you’re worried about preparing your kids for another year of education, look no further. Here are a few tips to help make it easier than ever.

Start Bedtime Routines Early

Two weeks before school begins, it’s important that parents start preparing their kids for an earlier bedtime. Oftentimes, parents will allow their kids to stay up later in the summertime. If they don’t start enforcing an earlier bedtime until the night before school begins, it’s likely they won’t be able to sleep that night and will be exhausted for their first day. Your kids should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night, if not more. So if they wake up for school at 7 AM, make sure they’re in bed by 10 PM. If they’re younger, you may want them in bed even earlier.

Meet Their New Teacher

One of the biggest concerns of kids about a new school year is the new teacher. Having a good relationship with the new teacher can help ease some of their fears. During open houses or back-to-school nights, you can meet the new teacher and get to know them a little bit. Some teachers also welcome e-mails and phone calls. If you’re not able to contact the new teacher, try searching the school’s website or yearbook for his or her picture. If the teacher makes a welcome letter, make sure to read it together.

Connect Your Child With Their Friends

Another great way to ease your child’s back-to-school anxiety is to find out if any of their friends are in their class this year. If you know their friend’s parents, give them a call and see who their teacher is this year. Social media makes this even easier nowadays. If your child hasn’t seen one of these friends all summer, try getting them together before school starts so they can become reacquainted. Not only will this likely ease any worries your child might have about school, but it’ll also probably make them more excited about going back.

Buy Supplies As Soon As Possible

One of the most important things you’ll need to do is pick up school supplies for the new year. Notebooks, pencils, crayons, backpacks, you name it. These are all important, and you want your child to be as prepared as possible. The earlier you can get this out of the way, the better. Many stores start putting out supplies in the middle of the summer, and many often have sales as well so you can save some money. While you may not always know what your child needs for the year at this point, it’s still great to beat the start of the school year rush.

5 Basic Essentials for Kindergarten

Is your kid ready to start Kindergarten? This is an exciting time in his or her life and yours, even if it is all new and a little scary. This is the beginning of their educational journey which will give them the skills they need to make their way in the world and to help make it a better place.

As the opening of the school year approaches and summer is drawing to a close, school supplies often go on sale. Take advantage of those discounts with these 5 basic essentials that every kindergartener will need.

A Big Backpack

They are graduating to big kid backpack status in Kindergarten. They will need a tough backpack that can handle lots of rough unzipping and flopping around and that is big enough to fit their lunchbox and a folder or notebook.

Lunchbox

There are many cute styles and themes for both backpacks and lunchboxes that your child will enjoy, but as a parent, you should be looking beyond the outside to efficiency. Buy a lunchbox that is easily cleaned, easy to open and close, and can hold an ice pack if it does not come with one. It is easy for lunchboxes to get lost in the muddle and go missing, so be sure to have a backup on hand as well.

Water bottle

Water fountains can collect germs quickly, so be sure your child has extra water on hand to stay hydrated throughout the day. A large no-leak water bottle with a name label so it can be returned if it is lost would help keep your kindergartener healthier in more ways than one.

Hand sanitizer

Keep the germs at bay by teaching your child to clean his or her hands during the day (especially before meals or after potty breaks and recess.) Equip them with their own hand sanitizer to help them remember and make staying clean more fun.

Change of clothes

Your little one is still little in many ways, and accidents can and will happen at some point. Make sure you pack a full change of clothes for them (all the way down to socks and underwear) to avoid any embarrassment. Keep the change of clothes stocked and seasonally appropriate.

Happy shopping!

This article was originally published on Jennifer Power’s Medium.

4 Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year with Your Children

This school year has been tough for many families. Kids and parents alike deserve a reward for all the effort they put into continuing the school year while handling the stress of a global pandemic. Even though socially distancing families cannot invite friends over to celebrate the end of the year, there are many ways families can celebrate their children’s growth and achievements, academic and beyond.

Bake a Cake Together

Kids are never too young to learn to bake. Baking a cake is both educational and celebratory. The process teaches young children the real-world applications math and chemistry, with a delicious reward at the end. During the decorating process, kids can let their creativity shine, and in the end, the whole family can come together to celebrate their achievement.

Take Time to Remember

The end of the school year can be quite nostalgic. It is a chance for parents, teachers, and kids to look back and remember all the fun they had. Kids can embrace their nostalgia while creating a record of their learning by writing down their favorite moments. Children can embrace the learning experience by writing down the exciting things they learned that year. This activity helps them appreciate their time at school while simultaneously reviewing some of the material.

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10 Activities for Children on a Snow Day

As soon as the weatherman predicts a lot of snow, it’s usually followed by shouts of joy from children while grownups scramble to come up with plans to keep their kiddos engaged and entertained. Instead of turning snow days into TV marathons, there are plenty of activities that don’t involve a screen.

With a little planning, you can keep your children busy with numerous snow day activities. Here are 10 fun ways to combat snow day boredom and make it a day to remember!

Create an Obstacle Course

For an indoor obstacle course, gather some supplies like balls, pillows, books, empty toilet paper rolls, and other household items and map out your course. Make it challenging by having kids complete it with books on their heads or spinning around in circles before weaving through obstacles.

For an outdoor obstacle course, grab some items like hula hoops, scraps of wood, sleds or pool noodles and allow your kids to have fun using their imagination.

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Preparing Anxious Kids for Back-to-School

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While you might be excited to have the house all to yourself again, the twilight days of summer can be stressful and nerve-wracking for children. It’s hard to trade in swimsuits and ice cream for pencil cases and lunch trays, especially if a child’s overarching mindset on school is a negative one. Use these tips to promote positivity about going back to school.

When School Supply Shopping: Ask What the Child Wants

From gym sneakers to backpacks, mechanical pencils to sequined notebooks, countless school supply products line the shelves. When it comes time to head to the local mall for some good, old-fashioned back-to-school shopping, let your child pick out the items from their list. If spending a few extra dollars on fun notebooks, folders, and pencils makes your child happy, that can translate to positivity in the classroom and while doing homework. Involve your child in the shopping process to get them invested!

When Packing the Night Before: Slip in Pieces of Home

Young children in particular often experience reluctance to leave home. And, if your child is a fresh-faced elementary schooler, they’ll be away from the nest for longer than they’re used to. For any of your homebodies and ankle-biters, try and put some small mementos in their school bags. Examples include a stuffed animal, favorite snack, or other trinkets. Avoid anything expensive, distracting, or that would bring a great deal of stress were it to be lost. In general, these pieces of home will help your child feel less anxious about the idea of being away.

When Preparing Lunches: Pack Some Comfort Foods

Turn an ordinary lunch period into something special for your kids. At the start of the school year, add the occasional sweet treat into your kids’ lunchboxes. Maybe you’ll bake some tasty chocolate chip cookies, prepare make-your-own pizzas, or slice some apples in a container with caramel sauce. Whatever the case, a taste of home can mean the world to your children, especially if school lunches on certain days look less-than-appetizing. Even if your kids are buying lunch, slip a favorite treat into their backpack!

When Helping With Homework: Be Patient & Praise Efforts

It may not be calculus or poetry explication, but elementary school homework can be pretty overwhelming for young kids. Whether learning multiplication tables or attempting a close-read of “The Three Little Pigs,” children need reassurance. If your child struggles with some of their homework lessons, stay patient and try explaining concepts in different ways. Even if your child doesn’t ace every question, praise them for their effort. Associating homework with positive feelings might not seem possible for kids, but they might be a bit more willing to sit down with their workbooks if they have a support system standing by.

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Back-to-School Necessities for Your Kids

It’s nearly autumn. That means back-to-school commercials saturate the airwaves, and your children grouse and gripe about the bygone days of summer. As stores around the country advertise school supply sales for students of all ages, it’s about time you take your kids shopping for new notebooks and sharpened pencils. If you’re at a loss for what your kids might need this year, here are a couple of necessities that will help your kids succeed.

Colored Tabs

These bright, sticky tabs will help everyone from the last-minute studier to the hyper-organized academic. Colored tabs can be placed in textbooks, workbooks, and packets to highlight important text for quick reference. They’ll stay securely in place and they are easy to remove without tearing any pages. Your children can use them to mark important textbook passages, bookmark chapter books, or even flag troublesome homework problems. No more light-as-a-feather pencil marks that never get erased, no more dog-earing, and no more frantically flipping through homework packets to find the one problem that wasn’t filled out.

 

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Teaching Your Kids to Avoid Germs in School This Flu Season

Sneezing, body aches, fever, nausea, chills- the flu is no laughing matter, and no fun for your kids, or you to deal with. With the flu season starting in October and often peaking in February and March, it can be a challenge keeping kids healthy during the cold weather months. Luckily, there are several ways to prevent the spread of germs and help your child avoid getting sick this flu season.

Always Wash Your Hands

It may seem trivial, but proper hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses. Many children, and even some adults, do not wash their hands properly. Some don’t even wash them at all. Teaching children from a young age how to properly wash their hands with warm, soapy water is the first defense against germs. Make sure they are washing long enough by advising them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while scrubbing their fingers and nails.

Provide Hand Washing Alternatives

Soap and water isn’t always available to children at school- especially if they are on a field trip or playing outside during recess. If the school allows it, place a small bottle of hand sanitizer in their backpack or lunch box for those times when they don’t have access to a sink.

Steer Clear of Sick Children

Socializing is an important part of the school day, but it’s also the easiest way to spread germs. Advise your child to be aware of other kids that are coughing and sneezing. If your child must go to school when they are sick, tell them to cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of their elbow to avoid spreading germs to others. Keep your child home if they have a fever of 100.5 or greater, or if they are vomiting. They can return to school after they are vomit and fever-free for 24 hours…

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