Back to School Tips and Leapster Explorer Giveaway
With back-to-school season right around the corner, it's time for parents everywhere to switch gears from relaxing summer mode to serious school time learning. Even parents who have become old pros at back-to-school preparation can use a few tips for the new year. Before the summer is completely gone, however, sneak in the best of both worlds - learning fun! - with our Leapster Explorer Giveaway. To enter, post a comment below sharing your best back-to-school tip now through August 24th for a chance to win the Leapster Explorer prize pack. Click here for rules.
- Start Early - There's nothing worse than waiting until the night before the first day of school to change your child's bedtime routine. To prepare for that big first day, encourage your kids to go to bed earlier and earlier each night in the weeks leading up to the start of school. By starting early, your kids will be bright-eyed and ready to start the year off right. But some things you shouldn't start early....
- Wait for Supplies - With stores already filled with school supplies, it is tempting to run out now and fill your cart with tons of back-to-school goodies. However, you may find that your child's teacher has a supply list vastly different from what you've brought home from the store. Wait until your child is assigned a teacher and be sure to purchase the supplies he or she recommends.
- Make It Special - Find a way to make the start of each school year special so that the month of September is one to look forward to, not one to dread. Some kids might enjoy a countdown calendar to anticipate school's start date while others may just enjoy a special dinner out that first night. Every child likes to feel special, however...
- Keep It Light - It's important not to go overboard. For a child experiencing back-to-school jitters, too much pomp and circumstance may only increase anxieties. Make it special and fun, but keep it light.
- Prepare Yourself - Don't forget to prepare yourself! Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or you work full time out of the home - or anywhere in between! - back to school means a change of routine. Be sure to plan carefully so that the change in pace doesn't have everyone running late...including you.