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Back to School Resources

Back to school can be a stressful – and exciting – time for parents and students. But have no fear, your local PBS station is here to provide you with the resources and support you need to get you through a new year of school! Check it out:

Back to School Checklist

Help your child prepare for their first day of school by practicing skills such as getting ready in the morning, packing a backpack, getting to and from school every day: https://www.pbs.org/parents/printables/back-to-school-checklist.

First Week of School Planner

Plan for the first week of school with this printable planner that will help everyone know what to expect: https://www.pbs.org/parents/printables/first-week-of-school-planner. 

Setting a Routine for Success at School

Help reduce your child’s anxiety and help them feel empowered by establishing a predictable and consistent routine. When they know what to expect, and what’s expected of them, kids feel more comfortable and confident about what lies ahead: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/setting-a-routine-for-success-at-school. 

Helping Your Child Make Friends

As we return to our new normal after many unknowns, parents are wondering how to best prepare young children to make friends outside of their home. Here are some tips for helping kids make friends and build social resilience in this transition time after a tough year: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/helping-your-child-make-friends-again. 

You Are Brave and Kind: Helping Your Child Get Ready for the First Day of School

The first day of school is a transition, and transitions — even good ones — create stress. It takes a lot of energy to adjust to a new routine and get to know new teachers and classmates. Here are three strategies for helping your child get ready for a new year: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/you-are-brave-and-kind-helping-your-child-get-ready-for-the-first-day-of-school. 

How to Help Your Child Successfully Transition Back to School

Parents are often worried about how children will respond to a return to their school or childcare programs. Kids will need your empathy and support as they transition. Here are 10 ways you can help: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-help-your-child-successfully-transition-back-to-school. 

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” Songs to Manage Feelings

Little ones can have big feelings. As grown-ups, we have the opportunity to guide our young children when they’re upset, helping them find ways to name feelings, manage meltdowns and understand their sometimes overwhelming emotions. When we connect children with coping strategies, we give them an early start to a lifetime of verbalizing their feelings in healthy ways that honor themselves — and those around them: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/daniel-tigers-neighborhood-songs-for-every-kind-of-meltdown! 

How to Cope With After-School Meltdowns

Going to school can be completely exhausting for many kids. The school day can be physically, emotionally and mentally draining and, by the time they get home from school, they are quick to fall apart. Here’s how you can help your kids cope with the overwhelming emotions that settle in after the day is over: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-cope-with-after-school-meltdowns. 

Five Ways to Beat Back-to-School Jitters

While many children will enter the first day of school without a worry, it does help to spend time focusing on the emotional needs of your child as the transition approaches. Take these steps to help your child prepare for a new school year: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/five-ways-to-beat-back-to-school-jitters. 

Back To School Games

Engage your kids in the back to school process by helping them prepare with these games from PBS Kids: https://pbskids.org/games/back-to-school