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Back to School Basics


August 6, 2012
By: Kyrie Collins, Douglas County Publishing Mom
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Kyrie Collins

Some quick tips to make the back-to-school transition a little easier on everyone . . .

  1. Make a couple of playdates with school friends. I always think that my kids and I will get to spend more time with our friends during the summer but rather the opposite seems to be true. Between summer vacations and camping trips, we actually see less of our school friends. Try to re-connect with a few playdates before the first day of school.
  2. Get back on a schedule. Staying up late, watching TV before breakfast, not reading every day . . . we get a little “lazy” during the summer months. If you do too, now is the time to start easing back in. Re-establish a bedtime routine and get back into the habit of daily reading and writing.
  3. Take your child shopping for school supplies. Print the list off your school’s website and let your child choose some of the items. Pick up a few extra items to donate while your at it.
  4. If you haven’t already done so, create a study space in your home. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a quiet space where she can sit without distractions and concentrate on homework.
  5. Tame anxiety. If your child is just starting school or you’ve moved to a new area, he may be feeling a little nervous. Open the door to conversation so you can help ease the worries before the Big Day. Check out our article on recommended books after the Event Listings.

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