Get Excited for School!

Say goodbye to summer with a few playful ways to ease the first-day jitters.
Christa Renee

Dressing to Impress
Let the kids make their own T-shirts to wear to school. Dip a pencil eraser or a carrot cut into a square into fabric paint and stamp to make cool mosaic patterns.

3-2-1 Go!
Make a countdown calendar for the week before the first day. Hang up a clipboard with seven numbered pages and have your child remove one per day.

Alphabet Eats
Prepare a special A-B-C breakfast schedule for the first week of school. On Monday, serve apple oatmeal; on Tuesday, banana pancakes; on Wednesday, cinnamon muffins; and so on.

Making Memories
Encourage your student to keep a scrapbook updated throughout the year with notes, photos, and artwork.

These days, kindergarten has more of an academic focus than it did in the past. Your little learner will be reading, writing, and learning basic math, while still having time for fun during her school year in kindergarten.

Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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