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Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Find information on easing transition jitters, managing kids’ tech use, getting involved in the school, and more.

August 20, 2014 Updated August 7, 2017
A father gets his two kids ready to head off to school.
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Back-to-School Advice and Checklists

Easing the Transition

  • How to Ease Your Child’s Kindergarten Jitters: Use these tips from Dr. Michele Borba as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Learn how to ease your kindergartner’s anxiety, establish a goodbye ritual, and ensure that the first days of school are positive. For similar resources for students of all ages, see “Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators.” (Edutopia, 2016)
  • Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Transitions can be both exciting and anxiety-inducing for children and parents. Discover tips for helping students transition into elementary school, middle school, high school, and post-secondary education. (Parent Toolkit, 2014)
  • Start School Strong: A Back-to-School Guide for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues: Find a variety of resources—including live chats with experts, downloads, and more—to help children get organized, process their feelings, and establish routines. (Understood, 2016)
  • Helping Students With Autism Transition Into a New School Year: Gain insights into how you can work with teachers to help kids with autism transition to a new teacher, a new school, or a new curriculum. (Edutopia, 2017)
  • How to Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety: Learn how to detect if your child is experiencing back-to-school anxiety and get actionable tips to help ease their worries. (PBS Parents, 2016)
  • Back to School Books: Read a book with your child as a springboard to discuss feelings about returning to school; this guide includes recommendations for preschool through grade six. For more book suggestions, check out Understood.org’s “5 Great Back-to-School Books for Kids in Grades 1–4.” (Bank Street School of Education)

Tech Tips for a New School Year

For more tips and guidance about managing media and technology use, check out these articles:

Gearing Up for Fall Learning

  • Conquering the Multitasking Brain Drain: The constant stream of digital media has fractured many kids’ sense of focus. Learn how you can help your kids avoid multitasking and regain a sense of focus before the start of school. (Edutopia, 2016)
  • Teaching Good Study Habits: Minute by Minute: Explore advice, timed exercises, and games to help adolescents study effectively. (Edutopia, 2016)
  • Hack to School: Getting Your Kids Back Into a Routine: Starting a routine-building regime late in the summer can help your kids start school fresh and ready. Here are some easy-to-implement tips for building a back-to-school routine. (Parental Toolkit, 2016)
  • Homework and Developing Responsibility: Building good study habits early is crucial for long-term academic success. Find tips and ideas on encouraging effective habits in reading, writing, and math. (American Academy of Pediatrics, updated 2015)
  • Five-Minute Film Festival: Nine Boosts for Summer Learning: Watch videos with fun ideas to re-engage kids in the learning process during the last days of summer. (Edutopia, 2013)
  • Milestones: A collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations for children in grades K–12. (GreatSchools)

For more parent strategies around homework, take a look at these articles:

The Power of Parental Involvement

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