10 Ways to Help Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

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Do you have a child going into kindergarten soon? You might be wondering what you can do to help her get ready for kindergarten and back to school.

The good news is, there are so many ways to help your child get off to a strong start in school and enjoy year-long success. Take a look below at 10 ways to help get your child ready for kindergarten and watch them enjoy a successful school year.

10 Ways to Help Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

1. Read together nightly.
Nothing is more important than reading to your child each night. Choose simple books they can follow along with. Balance that with books your child want to read. Talk about the pictures, point at the words as you read, and invite them to help you with the story.

2. Use ABC Mouse.
Visit abcmouse.com and let your child play the various educational games that help them get ready for kindergarten.

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The program lets you track your child’s progress and assist them as they learn new skills through play. ABC Mouse will help them learn the specific things they need to know for school as well as develop basic computer skills!

3. Take your child to the library.
Take some time to explore the library. Talk about choosing books, rules of the library, and explore texts that interest them. Books will soon become a huge part of their learning career, so now is the perfect time to get familiar with them.

4. Point out sight words 
Start making an effort to point out simple sight words at every opportunity. Sight words are short, common words that are found frequently in most books. Sight words include: and, the, it, we, us, you, me, and many others. When you see these words point them out to your child and invite them to repeat the words to you.

Need some more guidance with sight words as you help get your child ready for kindergarten? Check out these great resources:

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5. Give number flash cards a try.
Dollar Tree has a large assortment of flash cards you can start using nightly with your child. Use them to review not only numbers, but colors, shapes and letters, too! By practicing these cards nightly, children will become more familiar with their general knowledge and be more comfortable in kindergarten.

6. Talk about the rules of kindergarten.
You don’t want your child to feel any surprises when going into kindergarten. To avoid this, talk about the rules and expectations prior to their first day.

If you’re not sure about all the rules and details, a quick phone call to the school should give you all the information you need. Make sure they know what will be expected of them and how they should behave.

7. Have a play date with some kindergarten friends.
Help your child make new friends and get familiar with other kids by arranging play dates with other kindergarten students. Doing this a few times prior to the new school year can help them feel more at ease on the first day.

8. Drive by the school and take advantage of kindergarten round-up and back-to-school nights.
Make a point to drive by the school often and get familiar with it. If there are any tours prior to the first day or any back to school events, be sure to attend them so your child feels comfortable in the building.

9. Start establishing routines now.
Your child will take part in numerous routines during the school year. Get them ready by establishing routines now. Wake up at an early time, get to bed early, establish a homework time, and just try to get them into the groove of being on a schedule.

10. Encourage them to be emotionally available.
Make sure you are taking the time to talk to your child about their worries and concerns. Don’t forget to talk about everything they’re excited about, too! Invite them to be curious and ask questions about the new school year. Starting this now will help keep the conversation open all year.

Give these 10 ways to help get your child ready for kindergarten a try and see how simple it can be to get ready for the new school year!

How have you helped your get your child ready for kindergarten? Please share your ideas in the comments!

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes!

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Can you believe that it’s September? It feels like the weather just started to get warm here in Minnesota, and now it’s back to school time!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate and make back to school time fun for kids of all ages, but sometimes it’s the little things that end up making the biggest impact on a child’s experience.

That’s why lunch box notes are so great. When I was young, my mom would write short lunch box notes on the napkin she’d pack with the rest of my food.

I can’t even remember what they said, but I still remember sitting at my school lunch table and seeing her handwriting. It doesn’t seem like much, but it gave much such a special feeling of just being loved. What kid doesn’t need that?

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To make doing this a little easier, The Good Stuff by Coupons.com has 30 free printable lunch box notes to download and use!

Here are a few things I love about these free printable lunch box notes:

  1. No registration is required. Just go to the link below and start printing: free printable lunch box notes.
  2. You can personalize them. Several of the notes are fill-in-the-blank style to add names or details. Others are just pretty designs that you can write in.
  3. The blank notes can be used over and over again.
  4. You can download sets of encouraging lunch box notes AND sets of funny lunch box notes so you’ll have something to fit your child’s mood.

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Save 75% on the Multi-Compartment Stackable Bento Lunch Box, Free Shipping Eligible!

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The Multi-Compartment Stackable Bento Lunch Box is on sale for $9.99 at Amazon right now. That’s 75% off the list price of $39.95! It has gotten many great reviews!

Product information:

  • Microwave, dishwasher, & freezer safe (Do not place lids in dishwasher or microwave)
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10 Items to Label for Back to School #BacktoSchoolwithBSK

Back to school time means a lot of things: new classrooms, new clothes and new supplies, among many other things. Once they’re back in school, your kids’ items could be mixed in with all those “other things.”

Keep track of everything your kids take to school by labeling all those easily-lost items. Cover all your bases by slapping a label on everything, but these items are some of the most important items to label before your kids bring them to school:

10 School Items that Need a Label

  1. Backpacks
  2. Lunch boxes
  3. Food containers
  4. Beverage containers
  5. Notebooks
  6. Coats
  7. Pencil boxes
  8. Mittens
  9. Gym shoes
  10. Boots

Make the labeling process even easier by purchasing a master pack of preprinted labels that are all ready with your child’s first and last name on it. Bright Star Kids makes a School Labels Value Kit with 175 custom labels that you can use to label everything children bring to school.

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Kmart Back to School Deals {7/13 – 7/20}

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Here are this week’s back to school deals for Kmart:

These deals run from  7/13  through  7/20/2014

Be sure to visit Kmart.com for these deals and more.

$1 Deals:

Sharpie, 2 pk

Elmer’s All-Purpose Clue Sticks, 2 pk

Super Sticky Post-It Notes, 3 x 3, 90 ct
$2.00/1 Post-It Super Sticky Notes, Any Purchase of $10.00 Or More
Final price: $0.80 each after coupon when you buy 10

Shatterproof Ruler

$2 Deals:

5 Subject Notebooks (Excludes 5 Star)

Ticonderoga Renew Recycled Pencils, 10 ct

Fiskars Mess-Less Pencil Sharpener

Pentel WOW Ballpoint Pens, 5 ct

Other Sale Items:

Character Backpacks $10

15% Off All Other Backpacks, Messengers and Slings

Character Lunch kits $6.99

20% Off All Other Back-to-School Lunch kits

See the rest of my Back to School deals and visit Kmart.com for these deals and more.

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Toys R Us Back to School Deals {7/13 – 7/20}

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Toys R Us back to school deals

These deals run from  7/13  through  7/20/2014

Be sure to visit ToysRUs.com for select deals and more!

  • Receive a FREE Lunch Kit (up to $9.99 value )when you buy ANY backpack priced $12.99 or more!
  • All Crayola markers, crayons & paper B1G1 (in-store only. Limit 2 per customer)
  • ALL Crayola Color Wonder & Xtreme Coloring B1G1 (in-store only. Limit 2 per customer)
  • Cra-Z-Art 24-ct. Crayons, 2-pk. Glue Sticks or White School Glue, 4-oz. 4/$1 when you purchase four (in-store only. Limit 2 per customer)

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See the rest of the Back to School deals for many other stores!