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The summer is coming to an end and everyone is anticipating going back to school. These last few weeks of summer can be very stressful for everyone but you can help to relieve some of the stress with a few end of summer craft ideas. These will help keep your child busy doing something they love so they won’t have so much time worrying about what the new school year will bring.

Here are a few craft ideas for the end of summer along with directions that can help your family get through the next few weeks a little easier:

  • Glow-In-the-Dark Comet– You’ll need a tennis ball, glow-in-the-dark fabric paint and plastic string, tacky glue and a craft knife. Use the paint to decorate the ball and allow it to dry. Make a handle by folding about forty inches of string in half and then place a double knot on both ends. Cut a ½ inch slit in the ball. Squeeze it open and push both of the knots inside the ball and use the glue to secure in place. Allow the glue to dry and then you’re ready to enjoy your glow-in-the-dark comet.
  • Rock Necklaces– You’ll need a small rock, scissors, 22 inch gauge colored wire, needle nose pliers, colored leather cord and a pencil. Place the rock at the center of the wire and wrap it around the rock a few times. Twist the ends together to secure and then wrap the twisted end around the pencil to make a loop. Close the end of the loop off with the pliers and cut off any excess wire. Finish up by placing the leather cord through the loop and tie the ends together to hold it secure.
  • Decorative Light Switch Covers– You’ll need different colored duct tape, light switch plates, waxed paper, permanent marker and a craft knife. Choose a color and cover the switch plate with the duct tape and fold the ends under the edges. Use the knife to cut an “X” in the center slot where the light switch will go and push the edges inward. Cut out strips of the colored duct tape and place on the waxed paper. Turn it over and draw different shapes on the paper with a permanent marker. Cut out the shapes and peel off the waxed paper revealing the sticky side and place your design onto the switch plate.

Children get bored easily and need to be stimulated. When they’re interested in the craft projects you provide for them, they’ll be excited and enthusiastic about the project.

You may want to invest in a good craft book that has a variety of different projects for kids of all ages. Most of these have easy to follow instructions that are simple to use. Some even have pictures illustrating how to do the project and the sections are usually divided up according to the season.

It’s that time of year again when shopping for school supplies is at the top of the “to do” list. This is the time that’s filled with excitement and fun but getting ready for the new school year can be a little stressful. As a parent, you want to make sure your child has everything they need but if you’re like most people, you have a budget to adhere to. Trying to stay within that budget and still purchase all of the items needed is what makes back to school shopping stressful. However, it can be made easy with a few simple tips such as the ones listed below:

  • Start shopping as soon as you can instead of waiting until the last minute. This will help ease some of the stress and make shopping for school supplies easier.
  • Before you go shopping make a list of all the supplies you already have so you won’t waste time searching for items or spend money on things that you don’t need.
  • If you don’t have a supply list provided by the teacher, go ahead and pick up the basic supplies that you know your child will need. This normally includes paper, composition books, notebooks, number two pencils, black or blue ink pens and a backpack. Most all supply lists will include these items. You should have a general idea of what items will be needed based on the grade your child will be entering.
  • Determine what items are needed and which ones are things that your child would simple like to have. Buy the necessary items first and then if there is money left over, you can consider some of the items that are not necessary. These can be purchased anytime during the school year.
  • Some items can be purchased in bulk such as pencils, notebooks, paper and glue sticks. These are items that your child will need all year long so buying in bulk will save you money and reduce the need to run out at the last minute to buy more pencils or paper throughout the school year. If you have any supplies left over at the end of the year, they can be used next year.

Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be hard or stressful and the tips above can help you get this school year off to a great start.

1187877_pile_of_books__1It’s that time of year again across the country as many kids are getting ready to go back to school. This marks the end of summer and the beginning of new experiences in school. You can help make this occasion extra special by giving your children a back to school party. This is the perfect time for preparation for the new school year.

You can collect school supplies, talk about expectations and even possible fears and worries for the new school year ahead. This is also a fun time to get together with friends or do some family end of summer activities.

You might create a scrapbook of what you did over the summer or maybe have a pizza party with friends over for crafts or even a fun sleepover with popcorn and movies. This is a great “last hurrah” for your kids before going back to a regular schedule and getting up early for school and studies.

This might also be a good time to go through your child’s clothes from last year, get rid of anything that doesn’t fit anymore or is too worn out and prepare school clothes for the new season. Depending on the age of your child, you might want to match up outfits and help your child know what they’re going to wear to school.

Now that you have some great ideas for planning a back to school party and preparation, you can begin to plan an event for your child or children. While you’re at it, you might start planning your own new schedule for once the kids are back in school.

Sending your child to kindergarten for the first time can be a scary thing for both of you. Even though you started preparing for this day way in advance the closer it gets the more nervous you become. Sending your child to school for the first time means dealing with separation anxiety but there are a few things that you can do to make this transition go more smoothly.

Tips for sending your child to kindergarten:

• Talk to your child about school and why it would be something they can enjoy. Explain that it is a place where they can meet other kids and become friends.

• Go shopping for school supplies and clothes together to help get your child excited about going to school for the first time.

• Visit the school a few days in advance and walk around. This will help your child to be a little familiar with the school so it won’t seem as scary the first day.

• Go to the orientation so your child can meet the teacher and see their classroom.

• Encourage your child to talk to the other kids and try to make new friends.

• When you take your child to school on the first day you can walk with him or her to the front door but say your goodbyes there. It is never a good idea to go into the classroom because this makes it harder for you to leave.

When you pick your child up at the end of the day, make sure you set aside some free time to talk to them about their day. Let them tell you all about their experience and how it made them feel. It is important to do this everyday because it will help to keep them interested in school. This will also help you know right away if your child is having problems so you can deal with them quickly.

Summer is coming to an end and stating back to school is right around the corner. Most kids are excited about the new school year but a little sad the summer is ending. One way to have a memorable end to the summer vacation is by throwing a back to school party.

Here are some useful tips for throwing a back to school party:

• Determine the Age Group for the Party – The first thing you must take into consideration is the age of the kids invited. Are they in grade school, middle school or high school? Will it be a party for kids only or for the adults as well?

• Decide on a Theme – What type of party do you want to have? For instance, is it going to be a pool party, a barbeque or a dance party?

• Send Out Invitations – Make sure you include the theme on the invitation so everyone will know what to expect so they can dress appropriately.

• Decide On the Decorations – Plan ahead for the decorations and have everything ready in advance to make sure you don’t forget anything. You can use balloons, streamers and so forth to decorate.

• Plan on the Game and Activities for the Party – This will mostly depend on the age group of the kids invited.

• Choose the Food and Beverages – Make sure you have enough food and beverages for everyone.

With summer coming to an end the kids need one last way to celebrate and start the new school year off with a blast. Throwing a back to school party is one of the best ways to get the new school year started off right.

School is right around the corner and both parents and kids are excited about getting everything ready for the new school year. One of the most important things that you need to do is go shopping. Shopping for school supplies can be fun and you don’t have to break the budget if you follow a few simple tips.

Here are some back to school shopping tips that can help you get the best deals for less.

• Get a complete list of the supplies required by the school. This helps to guarantee you buy only what you need and that you are not wasting money on items your child can’t use.

• Find out what the dress code is and only buy the clothing that is acceptable. Otherwise, you are going to end up with a bunch of outfits that can only be worn on the weekends and nothing for school.

• Set a budget and stick to it. Your kids will always find clothing and other items they want but that are not suited or necessary for school. These are better left for another shopping day. Only buy the items that can be used for school on this trip.

• Shop smart. Compare prices and look at the quality of the product. Paying a low price for a product that doesn’t last through the beginning of the school year is not beneficial. It would be smarter to pay a little more up front and have a product that will last all year.

• Start with the most important items first and work down to the least important. When shopping for clothing if you don’t have a lot of money to spend start with a few outfits that you can mix and match, then plan for when you can buy more.

Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be stressful and hectic. Use the tips listed above to help you get the most from your shopping trip and save money in the process. The earlier you start preparing the easier the transaction back to school will be.

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