- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Back To School | Wed, Aug 28, 2013 9:03 AM EDT | Commentsby Jenni Grover MS LD RN, Mother Nature Network
Is this kid eating healthy?
As summer winds down and you look back on all those ice creams at the beach and grilling out with friends, you may well be turning your attention to your kids' return to school. Alongside all the shopping for supplies and meeting new teachers, it's important to remember that healthy lifestyle choices are a critical part of setting kids up for success.
Here are five ways that you can ensure a healthy, productive and enjoyable return to school.
1. Always eat breakfast
Your mother wasn't kidding when she said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. From the role that breakfast plays in maintaining a healthy weight to studies showing that kids who eat breakfast perform better at school (and enjoy more success in life!), there's plenty of reason to focus on a healthy breakfast as a way to kick-start your kids' day. But that doesn't mean you have to go making fancy meals from scratch. Healthy, whole grain breakfast cereals; s...Read More »
- Babble.com | Back To School | Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:51 AM EDT | Comments
When I was in school, there was always the random older kid. You know, the one that turned sixteen in the summer before sophomore year when some of us were still waiting on a fifteenth birthday. The kid on the opposing team that was somehow taller and more muscular than all the other juniors on the basketball court. Typically, the kid was held back during elementary school - maybe first grade didn't quite "click" or maybe he/she failed fourth grade. But there was always a reason that involved repeating a grade.
In the past few months, as my child enters Pre-K, I've become more familiar with the term "redshirting" in regards to preschoolers and rising kindergartners. The idea is to "hold back" your preschooler for one more year in preschool, so that your child enters kindergarten as one of the oldest students. (Redshirting traditionally refers to college sports, when a freshman's participation is delayed so he/she is eligible to play a fifth year.)
The advantages of kindergarten redshi...Read More »
- Common Sense Media | Back To School | Mon, Aug 19, 2013 5:45 PM EDT | CommentsBy Common Sense Media editors
These apps, games, and sites will jump-start core skills.
Every school year, kids encounter new concepts that build on the previous year's learning. For most, the bulk of this work is in the core subjects -- language and reading, math, science, and social studies. Tackling new concepts and engaging in schoolwork can be difficult for some kids but exciting for others, and it can vary from subject to subject. Look ahead for what's to come with these 15 engaging apps, websites, and games from Common Sense Media's new Back-to-School Guide. From letter writing and counting to quadratic equations and the water cycle, these enriching activities help kids build a range of essential academic and 21st-century skills -- and have fun at the same time!
For nearly 100 apps, games, and sites that help kids of all ages sharpen core skills, check out our full Back-to-School guide!
**READ AND WRITE WITH A PURPOSE**Curiosityville
For ages 2-6
Charming site tracks kids' progress in learning games.
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As most parents know, getting your kids to eat their veggies can be an epic battle. In our first episode of our new CHOW.com series, Lunch Worth Eating, Lisa Lavery shares a few simple ways to work vegetable's into your child's lunch.
- Tue, Aug 27, 2013 4:22 PM EDT | Comments
The pencils are sharpened, the notebook paper bought, the folders labeled. It's that time of year again. As a parent and an educator, I've experienced both the 'Woo Hoo, it's the most wonderful time of the year' side and the 'Sigh, it's time to go back to work' side. I'm fortunate in that I have a glimpse into both worlds. At this time, as we head back to school, I'm going to tell you what your kids' teachers would like you to know. -By Dawn Meehan
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