SOURCE: Kiddie Academy International

August 18, 2010 10:18 ET

Planning Is Key to a Smooth Transition From Summer to School

Kiddie Academy Offers Tips for Parents on School Readiness

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - August 18, 2010) -  Kiddie Academy, an educationally focused child care provider, knows that a little planning can help get a new school year off to a strong start. The key, according to Laura Olson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, is to make certain that your child knows what to expect, feels familiar with his school environment, and is already on a sleep and meal schedule that revolves around school routines.

"Preparing children the night before school begins is not the most ideal and effective strategy," cautions Olson. "Parents need to begin transitioning children into the back-to-school routine early enough so they have time to adjust -- mentally and physically." 

To help parents get kids back into the school routine, Olson offers the following tips:

  • Get children excited: Get your children ready for school by making back-to-school shopping a family affair. During a shopping trip for new school supplies, let children cross off items from their lists as they fill the cart. This will keep them involved and excited during the process.
  • Play school: Gather books, paper, pencils, and crayons and play school with your children. Let them be the teachers and you be the student. As you play, ask your children how they feel about starting school. This is a great time to talk about anxieties or concerns they may have as they start a new school year.
  • Establish a school year schedule: A few weeks before school begins, set -- and stick to -- a realistic bedtime to allow children to get the recommended ten to 12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Practice the morning routine with children: Before the first day of school, figure out how long it will take for everyone to get out of the house on time. If your children will be walking to school, practice the route showing them where to stop and if necessary, how to cross the street. If your children are bus riders, show them where to catch the bus and review the bus rules.
  • Back to school activities: Find out about back-to-school activities or events, such as meet and greet with teachers. This is a great opportunity to get your children familiar with their school surroundings and comfortable with their new teachers.
  • Get your own routine in check: Make sure you know what you need to keep the busy morning schedule running smoothly. To make more time in the morning, consider handling the following at night: setting the coffee maker, preparing lunches and reviewing homework. And, practice your new routine before the stress of the school year really hits.

For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 29 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for life. Kiddie Academy is recognized by the AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. Kiddie Academy is an official partner of the nonprofit organization, First Book, and is dedicated to supporting children's literacy. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy® Domestic Franchising, LLC
Kiddie Academy is based in Maryland and has 105 academies located in 21 states, including 101 franchised and four company-owned locations. Approximately 70 additional academies are in development, with 10 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. Kiddie Academy intends to reach 200 Academies by 2012, with all future growth coming via franchising. For more information, visit www.kafranchises.com.