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Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Dear families,

The checklist is being sent out this year because so many of our families found it helpful last year in their final plans for the start of school!  Enjoy these last beautiful days of summer!

A  check list to help make sure that you are ready for the start of school!

___You are positive of the start date and time for each child’s childcare center, school or grade and it is on the calendar.
___Uniforms and/or clothes and shoes/sneakers are ready to wear.  Outside gear is labeled and ready.
___Classroom supplies are bought, organized, labeled and ready to go.
___Backpacks and lunch carriers are bought, organized, labeled and ready to go.  If lunch options are offered at your child’s school, you are sure of the arrangements and cost.
___All Center, school and/or grade paperwork is completed and where it belongs.  Make sure you keep copies.
___Center, school, grade information/calendars/contact information is confirmed and posted.
___Transportation schedules are confirmed, exact and posted in your kitchen and/or office.
___New bus riders and young bus riders have all information needed.  Extra time is built in for bus riders.
___Alternate & “in case of emergency” transportation arrangements are confirmed, exact and posted. 
___Arrangements for after school care are confirmed and shared as needed.
___School holidays and non-attendance days are on your calendar and arranged for.
___School early dismissal dates are noted and arrangements are made for transportation and care.
___Emergency numbers and all needed contacts are confirmed, posted and shared with children and anyone else as needed.
___“School routines” for bath, bed, wake up time, and meals have already started.
___Any fall sports, activities and obligations are arranged for.
___Everyone is excited for this new school year!

“I’m all set for school!  I can’t wait!”  K.C. 4th grade student

“Neither can I!” her mom

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Summer brings a ton of new invitations… will be starting soon…..everyone is busy and routines are changing! As parents, we’ve all been in situations similar to these…

Your child screams when you leave him with a babysitter. Your toddler is starting in a childcare center and clings to your leg sobbing as you try to walk out the door. You are already fretful that your young school-ager will announce that she doesn’t like kindergarten and won’t go back.

Some ideas that work for separation anxiety:

  • Keep your anxiety to yourself. Children will follow the lead of their parent – most often their mom. This is called “social referencing”. Even the youngest infant will pick up on feelings of stress or calm from an adult. Your children will use you as a reference to gauge their feelings and reactions. If you are nervous and fretful about a separation they will be too.
  • Be totally secure in the separation and who you are leaving your child with.
  • Talk through the process with toddlers and older children. Use positive words and gestures. Offer pleasant anticipation of what they will be doing and the fun they will have. Respectfully reassure older children that a new routine or event is positive and will be successful.
  • Familiarize your child with a new person, place or activity they will be involved with. A babysitter should come and play before being left alone with your child. Meet a teacher together and visit a center or school together before formal attendance. Take pictures of the place they will be a part of before they go. Keep it on the fridge and talk about it. Is there a buddy they will be with?
  • Keep separation simple. Although it is tempting to cling to a screaming baby and stay with a crying toddler or preschooler, a routine for their entrance and your exit is truly the best for your child and you. School attendance is not an option. Therefore, routine is key to success.
  • Stay together in simple ways when apart. Make sure your family picture is part of your little one’s new environment. Keep a little scarf or sweater of yours in their cubby or backpack (smell is a powerful sense of recognition). Write a little love note for your older child’s lunchbox.
  • Confidently reassure them that you will be back home when left with a babysitter, you will get them at the end of their program day and you will be so glad to see them at the end of their school day.
  • Take a breath! Separation anxiety is real and it affects not just your child, but you. It’s hard to leave someone we love so much. But they will be fine – really. And so will you.

“Mommy, don’t gooooooooooo!!!!” cries the wailing 3-year old left with Megan, the babysitter….

“Megan, don’t gooooooooo!!!!” cries the same 3-year old when her mommy came home three hours later!

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

It’s official – backpacks are back.  Every day children dress for school and hoist a backpack onto their shoulders.  While they rush to the bus or car, meet friends at the corner or just hurry up the street, they often are carrying close to their own body weight on their backs!
Kate Cronan, M.D. states that children often carry backpacks far too heavy for them! 

Dr. Cronan recommends:                                                                                                                                                          
-Attention to weight; backpacks should never be heavier than a child’s weight (as unbelievable as it is, children often carry backpacks far heavier than they are.) This is dangerous to neck, shoulder and back.                                                                                           
-Spread books and items throughout the backpack.  Using the pockets and side vents will help manage the weight and eliminate the sense of a solid rock in the middle of the back.                                                                      
-Use a backpack with wheels.                                                                                                                                                                      
-Keep anything home or in school that you can – only carry necessities each day.
Young children are excited about carrying a backpack to school.  They spend time picking it out and organizing all of its belongings.  Once the novelty wears off, parents often have to sort out trash from treasures in these school bags.                                                                                                                                         
Older children carry everything from books and lunch to a change of clothes and shoes in their backpacks. They often leave items in their backpacks that could have been removed long ago.                               
High schoolers that I know have 2 bags that are school bags;  a larger “messenger “bag that goes back and forth to school along with a smaller shoulder tote bag to carry books and papers in school between classes.  With an extra gym bag and lunch bag, these kids have really learned how to manage the backpack school issue!
All of this is heavy.  Children’s bodies have to adjust to the added weight of a backpack after a summer of bathing suits and shorts when often the heaviest thing they carried around was a sweatshirt.
Some other ideas to help with the backpack your child is using:                                                           
-Adjust the straps for young children; backpacks should rest close and high on the back.                               
-Remember that fall and winter clothing under the backpack straps will also require adjustments.                                                          
-At any age, children should never carry anything sharp in their backpack.                                                                      
-Keep food in containers – empty a young child’s backpack every night.                                                            
-Bus riders have to make room for their backpacks on their laps or on the floor.  Practice with young children.  For safety, a young child’s initials or first name only should be on their backpack.                                                                                                                                                         
-Be sure older children are not carrying large amounts of money or valuable personal items in backpacks.
Uniform – check   
school shoes – check
lunchbox – check   
class supplies – check                                                                          
suitcase; I mean backpack – check, very funny mom”                                                                                         
S.S.& parent at school start


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