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.
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.
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.
Encourage your student to keep a scrapbook updated throughout the year with notes, photos, and artwork.
Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Parents magazine.