Easing Back into the School Year: Tips and Tools for the Transition From Summer to Back-to-School

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Parents’ Choice Foundation offers Resources for Families to Get Organized and Prepare for School

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The first day of school is right around the corner and making the adjustment from a fun summer with a relaxed schedule can be difficult at any age. Faced with new teachers, bigger classrooms, new routines and more schoolwork this can be a stressful time for children - especially those facing major transitions such as starting school or entering middle and high school. With a little planning, parents can help make the transition a smooth one and set the tone for a successful year.

To help children ease into the school year with fewer disruptions, Parents’ Choice Foundation offers the following tips and tools:

·    Reestablish the bedtime and school year schedules several weeks before school actually starts. Learn how one parent ended the bedtime struggles

·    Let children help clear and prepare a designated homework area if one does not exist or assist with sprucing up last year’s spot.

·    For kids just starting school or moving into a new school help ease first-day jitters by taking a tour of the school to locate the classroom, lunchroom and playground. Showing your child the route they will take will help with their concerns about getting to school. Lighten the mood with this fun musical about getting lost in a new school.

·    Spend time each day in the weeks before school starts talking to your child about the coming school year and what to expect while giving positive feedback about last year’s experiences.

·    Make sure required reading and summer worksheets are done well before the first day to avoid struggles over last-minute homework. Still looking for a few books to fill in the summer reading list?
Check out these back-to-school themed reads.

·    The weekend before school begins plan a back-to-school party to celebrate the memories from the summer. Movies can often set the mood for holidays, milestones and rites of passage, so why not use a school theme to segue your kids into the proper frame of mind?

·    Write a book with your child that details all of the fun activities they enjoyed over the summer. Need some inspiration? Check out Mark Teague’s amazing tale of train rides, cowboys and cattle herding.

About Parents' Choice Foundation:
Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. An independent testing and information organization since 1978, Parents' Choice is dedicated to providing trusted recommendations for books, toys, music, video games, digital media and more.

We review, evaluate and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. The Parents' Choice website, a public service resource, serves as a clearinghouse for children's media and toys. For more than 30 years, parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and healthcare professionals have relied on Parents' Choice for suggestions to help foster an environment for kids to read more, play more and learn more.

Parents' Choice Award Seals:
The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, video games, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of varied skill and interest levels from infants to young adults.

The Parents' Choice Award seals are a distinguishing mark of quality and achievement.


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