Canadian Family Magazine

Canadian Family Magazine

August 27, 2009 07:30 ET

A Lesson in Back-To-School Prep

Top 10 tips for getting kids ready for school

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) - The team of editors (and parents!) at Canadian Family Magazine have done their homework and assembled a list of easy back-to-school pointers to get parents and kids off on the right foot.

"As a mom I know that back-to-school time can create anxiety for many of us parents when we start thinking about the transition into a new grade, new teacher and all of the challenges that come with that change," says Jennifer Reynolds, editor-in-chief, Canadian Family Magazine. "Whether your teenager is returning to school or it's the first day for your little one, being prepared is really the key to avoiding a stressful flurry of to-dos and helping your kids get the most out of their time at school."

1) MAKE A LIST - From haircuts to highlighters, create a week-by-week checklist to get everyone ready for school, starting well before the first day back.

2) BEFRIEND THE TEACHER - Introduce yourself to the teacher. Familiarizing yourself and the kids with the environment will soothe anxiety.

3) ENCOURAGE "WHY?" - Top educators note that it is more important to inspire your child's sense of curiosity than to have them memorize the alphabet. Promote curiosity by empowering kids to ask questions.

4) PACK BRAIN FOOD - Keep energy levels up in the classroom by packing smart snacks! Don't forget those healthy omega-3s in snacks that contain soybeans, flax and pumpkins seeds.

5) CREATE A STUDY SPACE - Create a homework space away from distractions such as television, telephones and games. Peek in regularly to ensure they are on track.

6) PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE- Repetition reinforces learning, so practice reading, writing and math with them for 10 to 15 minutes every day.

7) GET ORGANZED - Get kids into the habit of using their day planners or agenda books to write down assignments, practices and special events. Put exam dates on the family fridge.

8) GIVE PRAISE - The best motivation comes from positive feedback, so encourage them early to get involved in extra curricular activities such as sports or academic groups.

9) GET INVOVLED - Plan to take a day off and volunteer some time at a school event such as a picnic. This will give you some great insight into the school and the kids.

10) BE AN EARLY BIRD - Share a leisurely breakfast together and chat about the child's expectations for their first day back. Encourage them to get to school 30 minutes early to become familiar with the space and catch up with friends, then they can shift their focus to their new routine.

About Canadian Family

Canadian Family is a trusted and easy-to-use resource, providing information on all aspects of family life and parenting. Canadian Family offers parents comprehensive yet practical advice on a wide array of topics - health and wellness, education, child development, behavioural and societal issues, as well as fun family activities.

About St. Joseph Media

St. Joseph Media publishes Canadian Family, FASHION Magazine, Toronto Life, Weddingbells, Mariage Quebec, WHERE Canada magazines ,Quill & Quire and Ottawa Magazine. St. Joseph Media is a division of St. Joseph Communications, Canada's largest privately owned communications company, with four distinct business platforms: content, print, documents and media.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to speak to
    Jennifer Reynolds, editor-in-chief, Canadian Family,
    please contact:
    Veronica O'Brien
    416.364.3333 x3143
    vobrien@stjosephmedia.com