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Back to School: Start Smart!

Back to School: Start Smart!

Whether your kid is a first-timer or an old hand, our resources will make sure he gets a running start on the new semester.

Put your grade-schooler on track for school success. Whether your child is a first-timer or an old hand, explore these articles and resources to make this the best back-to-school season ever.

Preparing for the New School Year

The teacher will have goals for students, but what does your child want to achieve? Here are 3 ways to help him set goals.
Get tips from parents (and kids) who've been there.
Get ready for back-to-school with a letter to the teacher.

Books and Reading

Delight in these charming, poignant, and downright funny books about friendship, learning, and classroom antics.
Join generations of fans and introduce your kids to the world of Judy Blume.
Introduce your child to to the vibrant characters of this Library of Congress "Living Legend."
Cabot's winning tone and characterizations will make Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls a surefire hit with kids as well as parents.
If you adore Harry Potter, try these fantasy books and series that will satisfy your taste for all things magical.
These fun seek and find books are full of poems, rhymes, and images certain to entertain your little lady.
These reads will help girls gain a better understanding of themselves and others.
Honoring the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," Newbery winners are some of the best chapter books... more
Your middle school reader will enjoy taking a trip through time with these stories of ancient civilizations.
Consider these smart reads for kids who are miserable during the school year.
These books can help ease worries and make the classroom a little more welcoming.

Tips for Success

Find creative and fun ways to begin a new year of school.
Read these tips from teachers to help get your child ready for the new school year.
Encourage these signs of progress in your independent reader.
Is back-to-school anxiety worrying your kid? Try these calming tips.
Make sure to include these 10 things in your child's homework and study space to make it productive and comfortable.
Read our grade-by-grade guide to what social skills teachers tend to look for.
These tiny reading tricks have big rewards!
Discover 5 totally tear-free tricks to de-stress reading time.
Try these 5 tips to help establish new routines, calm first-day jitters, and prepare your new preschooler for his big day in PreK.
Make this school year a healthy one for your kids with these 10 tips.
Try these solutions if your child is dreading her return to the classroom.
Ease preschool drop-offs with these simple suggestions.

Get Involved

Make the most of your back-to-school night tour.
Advance planning means your teacher conference will be productive and pleasant.
Building a strong parent-teacher relationship from the start is key to your child's academic success.
Sharing information at the start of school helps you build a strong partnership that will benefit your child all year long.

What to Expect at Every Grade

Review general curricula for preschool, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for Kindergarten, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 1st Grade, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 2nd Grade, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 3rd Grade, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 4th Grade, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 5th Grade, what to expect for each subject and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 6th grade, what to expect for each subject, and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 7th grade, what to expect for each subject, and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.
Review general curricula for 8th grade, what to expect for each subject, and activities that can be done at home to support learning in the classroom.

Back-to-School Gear

Check out our picks for the best backpacks and book bags for kids!
We shopped around for the best school supplies for kids. Check out our picks!
Select a winning wardrobe that won't break the bank.
Figure out the best way to spend your back-to-school budget.

Fast Breakfasts and Creative Lunch Ideas

When your kid needs some fuel between meals, here's how to put together a healthy snack. Plus: How to tell if your kid is hungry or just bored.
Kid only likes PB&J? Try these five clever ways to introduce new flavors in the lunch-box standby.
During hectic school mornings, sometimes breakfast just has to happen on the go. Try these four quick and healthy breakfast ideas!
We found 12 cool and creative lunch boxes, ice packs, and more!
Out of brown-bag school lunch ideas? Check out these easy, creative packed lunches your kids will love.
As she heads off to school, it's important for your child to have a good breakfast — preferably with a healthy serving of protein.

Our Favorite Apps

These 19 amazing family apps help with homework, chores, scheduling and more.
P&C tech expert Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., editor of Children’s Technology Review, picks the best numbers apps for kids.
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Fun low-pressure ways to work on literacy skills before your child enters kindergarten.
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Try these apps to help support your child's learning at home.

School Breaks

You can still plan a great family vacation for a school break. Discover five under-the-radar places to visit, plus hotel and booking tips!
Try these fun and easy ways to keep the math learning alive over the holiday season.
Here are 3 tips for creating a fun learning adventure for your family vacation.
How to make reading fun while school is out.

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