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Getting BACK into School:
Time to engage, learn, plan, read, shop, socialize, study, support, write, and read, read, READ!

The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and stressful time for children. As a parent there are important steps you can take to support your child as he or she heads back to school.

Ease back into scheduled days:

  • Planning for a good school year starts in the summer. Begin establishing a "back to school" routine at least two weeks prior to school starting to minimize stress and help with the transition.
  • Adjust their bed time schedule. Many kids (including teens) need 9 or more hours of sleep each night. Adjusting their schedule ahead of time will help your child be ready when school starts.

Current Program Guide
August

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for past issues.

To ease the transition, about a week before the first day of school, start their bedtime routine about 10 minutes earlier each night and wake them up 10 minutes earlier each morning, every day, until they're back on track.

Promote healthy eating habits:

  • Plan for ways to ensure your child gets a healthy breakfast to help prepare them for the school day. If you pack your children's lunches, go grocery shopping with them and allow them to pick out healthy foods they'll enjoy. Kids tend to eat what they've picked out themselves.

The arrival of fall is a perfect time to teach your kids that family-focused healthy eating can be fun too!

Get acquainted with the school:

  • See if your child is interested in visiting the school prior to the first day. If you can't visit, take a virtual tour on the school's website. There may be photos of the classroom, playground,schoolstaff,required school supplies, schedules, etc. This will help keep your child from feeling lost on the first day.

Seek out one-on-one time with your child every day:

  • Talk to your child about expectations for the upcoming school year. Talk about specific concerns they might have about the new school year.
  • Spend time each day talking to your child. Try to use open ended questions. We all have asked, "How was school today?" Our children often respond with, "Fine" or "Good." Try asking, "What was the most exciting thing about today? What was the most stressful?" Remember to share about your life too. Creating an open dialogue is about creating healthy habits and practices.

Whether your day involves reading to your toddler, taking turns making up a story with your preschooler, or discussing the latest adventure chronicle with your oldest after the others have been put to bed, your children will savor your undivided attention.

Be a family that reads together at least 20 minutes a day ...

 

 

PPLC Monthly Program Guide

Current Program Guide - August

Previous Program Guides

2015: January, February, March, April, May, June, July

2014: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2013: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2012: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2011: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2010: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2009: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2008: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2007: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2006: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2005: October, November, December

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