Back to School Guide

[ 0 ] August 21, 2009 |

It’s time for some of us to send the kids back to school. If you’re sending your first child off to kindergarten this can be a very emotional time and if you’re a seasoned school parent you already know the routine but may need some new ideas. For the parents of children not yet in school, this means some of your favorite hot spots like the museums and zoos will be a bit less crowded without the school-age kids around during the day.backpack

Here are some past articles from the Kidoinfo archive to help getting ready for the school year a little easier. If you have your own helpful tips or know any great getting ready for school books, please share!

Books for school
Help your kids adjust to a new school or new grade with some wonderful books that will make the experience seem less daunting.

· Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz Reading (baby-preschool)

· How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (ages 3-5)

· Ready, Set, School! by Jacquelyn Mitchard and illustrated by Paul Ratz de Tagyos (ages 3-6)
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Back to School Checklist
After talking to parents and reading many back-to-school lists in magazines and online, I have put together our own Kidoinfo School Checklist.

Medical records:
Most schools require an immunization record for every student. Make sure you get a copy from your child’s doctor and bring it on the first day of school (or whatever deadline set by the school). If your child has allergies, you should notify the school principal, nurse, your child’s teacher(s), etc. in writing.

Backpack/School bag:
Our boys’ preschool preferred the kids to have canvas bags void of zippers or buttons so the kids could easily open and close them without help. We found plain canvas tote bags at Michaels Craft Store. Once kids start grade school, they’ll need a sturdy backpack that is built to last.
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Preparing Kids for School
Preparing for the first day of school will make the transition a bit easier. Whether your kids are starting preschool or kindergarten or transitioning to a new grade or new school, these tips may be helpful!

1. Practice Going to School
2. Get them used to separation
3. Meet other kids in their class before the first day
4. Give children control over what they can control
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Choosing the right backpack
Sending your child off to Kindergarten can be an emotional experience for mom as well as child. Read one mom’s thoughts.
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Getting Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten!
by Jill Davidson
Like some of you, I am sending a child off to kindergarten. We are very excited and a little nervous. In our case, this kid is following his older brother to school, so we’ve done the first day of kindergarten scene once before. Whether you are preparing your first child (and yourself!) for kindergarten or you’re getting the next one on deck ready for circle time, try to make sure your family is ready for this transition. 
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First Day of School (and the night before)
Here are some ideas to make the first day a little easier and help calm the jitterbugs the night before!

1. Make sure you pack a healthy lunch the night before!
2. Make a To-Do list
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Related:

Shopping for kids’ clothes on a budget

“So, how was your day?”

How to Get Involved in Schools


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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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