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How to ease the back to school transition

Back to school transition tips
Back to school transition tipsdarcyjfoundation.com

Set your kids up for success as you say goodbye to summer and hello to school. As your family returns to consistency and routine, these essential tips and tools will ease the transition and set your child up for success.

I See Me VIP Very Important Preschooler
I See Me VIP Very Important Preschooler I See Me

I See Me VIP Very Important Preschooler

Price: $29.95

Starting or returning to preschool can be scary for any child.  You can embrace the milestone and create excitement with this sweet new personalized storybook, The Very Important Preschooler (V.I.P.)! Your child will learn that being a “V.I.P.” means making new friends at preschool, sharing, helping out, cleaning up, learning new things and more. The Very Important Preschooler is filled with lots of great messages for your little preschooler and is personalized throughout the story and on the cover with your child's name.   It is written for boys and girls ages 0-4 with beautiful images.

Star Sisters Children's Chapter Books
Star Sisters Children's Chapter Books Jennifer Blecher

Star Sisters Children's Chapter Books

Price: $7.99

Getting a good night's rest is imperative to your child's school success, and bedtime stories are an enjoyable way to accomplish this task while teaching fundamentals. The new Star Sisters chapter books are designed for kids 4-8 years old with a message of friendship and kindness.  The Star Sisters series follows the adventures of two ordinary girls with two extraordinary magical necklaces. When the necklaces come together the girls are magically whisked away on kindness spreading adventures.  The stories are inspired by pop cultural events and are entertaining for adult readers as well as children.

The Principles of Our World books
The Principles of Our World books Harvest Time Partners

The Principles of Our World books

Price: $9.99

As kids start the new school year, they will need to adjust to new teachers, classmates or schools and be prepared to handle many new situations.  The Principles of Our World is a series of children’s books that can help children prepare for situations in life by reminding them of the importance of principles like honesty, courage, compassion and teamwork. 

The books provide the opportunity to discuss a variety of situations that children may encounter and how to deal with them effectively.  Each book provides a series of real life stories with the goal of helping children accomplish their dreams without losing sight of the principles.  The books are written by David Esposito for children ages 4 and older. “It is never too early in the development of a child to start talking about the importance of principles. The Principles of Our World book series reinforces the importance of character and principle-based decision making as a powerful means to succeed in today’s world.” says Esposito.

Little Passports personalized lunchbox
Little Passports personalized lunchbox Little Passports

Little Passports personalized lunchbox

Price: $29.95

Eating well before school will help ensure your child's mental sharpness, and eating healthy snacks will keep blood sugar levels in check throughout the day so your child can concentrate.  Pack a healthy lunch with a loving message in the Little Passports Personalized lunchbox that is decked out with colors and images of landmarks from across the world.  A chalkboard on the inside of the lid gives parents an opportunity to leave fun notes each day or for kids to doodle and explore creatively.

Crayola Washable Markers
Crayola Washable Markers Crayola

Crayola Washable Markers

The chances are pretty good that markers will make it off of the paper and onto skin, clothing, walls, furniture and even toys.  It doesn't have to be detrimental if the markers your kids are using are the new Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, featuring new washability technology that allows these markers to easily wash out.  Also new this year are Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers that are designed to help maximize classroom visibility with more vibrant colors.  While you are stocking up the kids art supplies, don't forget Crayola crayons, Crayola Colored Pencils and Crayola Washable Watercolors.

Skip Hop Hedgehog and Butterfly Backpacks
Skip Hop Hedgehog and Butterfly Backpacks outnumbered3-1.com

Skip Hop Hedgehog and Butterfly Backpacks

Price: $20.00

Packing up all your new supplies and heading out to school will be fun with the new Hedgehog and Butterfly backpacks.  These designs are new to the zoo at Skip Hop. This preschool backpack is fun and functional with incredible details and quality including a mesh side pocket that can adjust to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle.  This backpack is easy to clean and fun to wear!

Wooden Shape Sorting Clock
Wooden Shape Sorting Clock Melissa & Doug

Wooden Shape Sorting Clock

Price: $14.99

It is time to have fun learning shapes and how to tell time using this Wooden Shape Sorting Clock with movable hands and colorful blocks.  This educational toy is well-made and will encourage mastery of the abstract concept of telling time.

Solar System Floor Puzzle
Solar System Floor Puzzle Melissa and Doug

Solar System Floor Puzzle

Price: $12.99

This puzzle will help children understand the big picture.  Coming in at 36"L x 24"W when assembled, this Solar System Floor Puzzle is made of 48 pieces that are sturdy and with brilliant colors.  This is a wonderful learning toy that will inspire children to learn the planets, solar system and think beyond their personal space.

See and Spell Learning Toy
See and Spell Learning Toy Melissa and Doug

See and Spell Learning Toy

Price: $19.99, personalization available for $1.99

Reinforce the work done at school and continue the learning adventure at home with these learning toys from Melissa and Doug.  The See & Spell wooden puzzle set helps children learn letters, words,  and even work on fine motor skills all in one activity. By completing the puzzle, children  have spelled a word increasing exposure to the alphabet and vocabulary.  The letters can also be used for tracing and other learning games.

EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool
EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool EZLeaps

EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool

Price: $5.49

Set your kids up for shoe-tying success!   The EZLeaps shoe tying tool is an easy-to-use plastic card that helps children to tie their shoe quickly, aiding them with the complicated maneuvers for little hands. EZLeaps takes the frustration out of teaching little ones this milestone and makes it enjoyable.  

“I came up with the idea of EZLeaps trying to find a tool to teach my classroom of first graders how to tie their own shoes,” says Eileen Sloan. “I realized there had to be a better way than the ‘bunny-ear’ story – and I came up with the first prototype using a coffee can lid.”   Soon after the item was ready for sale, Sloan was contacted by Nordstrom to carry the product, specifically for their monthly shoe tying class. EZLeaps offers a how-to video to simplify the process even more.  They are available in 12 designs, with a place on the back of each card for the child to write their name and date they learned to tie their shoe, providing a forever keepsake. They can also hang from the backpack or sport bag for extra assistance if needed at school, sports or scouts.