popular topics in preparing for back to school

  • 10 of The Coolest New School Supplies
    Back to School
    10 of The Coolest New School Supplies
    Your kids can head back-to-school in style with these new awesome school supplies and accessories. Homework and lunchtime have never been so fun! Mini Panda Stapler Mini Panda Stapler Use this neat-o, decorative panda stapler to keep your s...
    Rachel Sokol
  • 5 Organizing Tips for Back to School
    Getting Organized
    5 Organizing Tips for Back to School
    The back to school whirlwind can cause chaos in even the most organized households. Between eating breakfast and packing book bags, making it out the door before the bus pulls away can be quite a challenge! This year, don't let yourself get stres...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Breakfast
    8 Breakfasts Kids Can "Cook" Themselves
    Even the littlest hands can help out in the kitchen, and involving your child in meal preparation is an important lesson in responsibility and self-sufficiency. With just a little prep ahead of time from you, these simple ideas allow your child t...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • how to transition to back to school schedule - boy going to school
    Back to School
    How to Transition to a Back to School Schedule
    When summer hits, your schedule goes out the window and kids can go to bed and wake whenever they please. Nights stay lighter longer and kids have a ton of fun activities that keep them up late, like firework and fairs. However, staying up late a...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • 5 Back to School Breakfasts You Can Make Ahead of Time
    Preparing for Back to School
    5 Back to School Breakfasts You Can Make Ahead of Time
    Back to school means the lazy, relaxing weekday mornings of the summer are quickly replaced with hectic ones. Between making sure your kids brush their teeth, packing book bags, and getting yourself dressed, you actually have to make (and eat!) a...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • back to school gadgets - apple with back to school sign
    Back to School
    5 Back-to-School Must Haves
    Starting the new school year can be very exciting at first. But it can also feel stressful for your child, and pretty soon they might start experiencing all the distractions and pressures that exists in the classroom. Before this happens, get ...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
    While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist below to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists. Check the s...
    Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.
  • Fact Monster, a safe space for kids to find homework help
    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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  • 7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love
    Preparing for Back to School
    7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love
    With summer quickly coming to a close, your kiddos will be heading off to school in no time. This year, say goodbye to that sandwich and chips, and pack your kids a lunchtime surprise that will make them clean their Bento Box. Healthy lunch ideas...
  • Waldorf or Montessori: Which Education Will Work For Your Family
    Choosing a Preschool
    Waldorf or Montessori: Which Education Will Work for Your Family
    So, you've decided to look into an alternative school for your children, but you're not sure about whether Waldorf or Montessori schools fit your family's style. You're not alone. Many parents choose one of these schools without fully understandi...
  • How to get your kids in the car for school
    Back to School
    How To Get Your Kids In The Car For School
    We all have big plans to make the school days start off right. Then the actual mornings come, and, well—we all know what happens. Luckily there are some shortcuts we can take to make up for the speed bumps that can’t be missed. Here’s what ...
  • How to get your kids in the car for school
    Back to School
    How To Get Your Kids In The Car For School
    We all have big plans to make the school days start off right. Then the actual mornings come, and, well—we all know what happens. Luckily there are some shortcuts we can take to make up for the speed bumps that can’t be missed. Here’s what ...
  • Is homeschooling right for you/
    Benefits of Homeschooling
    Is Homeschooling Right For You?
    Homeschooling has become a popular alternative option for students, and parents choose to homeschool their kids for a wide variety of reasons. Whether for religious reasons, a want for more in-depth learning opportunities, or to provide your chil...
  • gadgets for adhd and autism
    ADHD
    5 Back-to-School Gadgets to Help Kids with ADHD and Autism
    It might seem hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to a close and, before you know it, your kids will start the new school year. If you have a child with autism or ADHD, going back-to-school usually means dealing with a lot of anxiety, d...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • back to school preschool tips
    Preparing for Preschool
    Back to School Tips to help Prep for Preschool
    I'm feeling pretty nostalgic that my baby is going to preschool come September. My son and I have spent that past 3 years together, so going to school will be a big change for him. I'm excited for him to socialize with other toddlers, and I'm equ...
    Courtney Key
  • School and Learning
    Preparing for Kindergarten
    Starting Kindergarten: How to Prepare Your Child
    Starting Kindergarten: How to Prepare Your Child by Maya CohenIt's hard to predict how a child will handle separation on the first day of kindergarten. Some kids will cling to their mom in terror, while others will skip happily off without even ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Academic Achievements
    Under Pressure! 7 Tips for Managing School-Related Anxiety
    Many kids are feeling intense pressure to excel, thanks in part to changes in homework and testing, a focus on college admissions from an earlier age, plus new forms of social pressure. Feeling a bit of stress can keep kids focused and motivated ...
    Erin Dower