Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to School Tips

It's almost time for kids to go back to school. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the new school year:

  1. If you haven't already, now is the time to gather records needed for school entry. Contact the school to find out what forms your child's school requires. Many require documentation of immunization records. (And any new forms you complete-make sure you keep a copy for your records).
  2. Get check-ups and immunizations done early, before school starts. If your child will be participating in sports, get your doctor to sign the release form permitting your child to play (when applicable). Review your child's immunization record, verifying the shots are up-to-date. Each state has different immunization requirements, to see what your state requires click here.
  3. Did you know some states offer a "sales tax holiday" for a few days each year. This means that certain products won't be taxed during a set period of time. If your state offers a sales tax holiday, you may be able to save money on clothes, shoes, and other supplies. Check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays.
  4.  Set up a homework time and homework area in your home. It's important to have a consistent time to do homework, so that it becomes a habit. The time of the day doesn't matter too much as long as it's not at the end of the day when your child is tired and sleepy.  The space should be quiet & well-lit. It doesn't need to be fancy, a dining room table or desk will work. Just as long as the area is free from distractions. If you can, provide home assistance to your child, but do not complete the answers for them.
  5. Talk to your children about healthy breakfasts and lunches. Start planning meals together now. Studies have shown that children who eat healthful, balanced breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than those who have an unhealthy diet.
  6. Not sure if you can afford healthy meals?  There are several programs and resources available to ease the financial burden of going back to school, including low cost meals. Find out if your family qualifies for the National School Lunch Program


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