How to Help a Young Child Get Ready for School

schoolKidsStarting a new school year can be stressful for children of all ages, but especially for the very young. There are things parents can do, however, to help ease a child’s transition from a carefree summer to a structured school-day, including:

  • Implementing a school-year sleeping schedule before the school starts, so that the child gets used to going to bed earlier than during the summer and getting up at a designated time
  • Building excitement about the new school year by talking with the child about the new things he/she will learn in school and about the new children she/he will meet.
  • Talking with the child about any concerns he/she might have about going to school.
  • Visiting the school to introduce the child to his/her new classroom and teacher.
  • Reassuring the child that if he/she needs you while in school, you will be there.

The Salvation Army Takes 200 Children Shopping for Back-To-School Supplies, Clothes

schoolBooksIt will be a happy end to the summer for 200 grade school children (K-sixth grade) when they go shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies—courtesy of The Salvation Army and Target Inc.As part of the back-to-school program, Target awarded The Salvation Army in ten markets across the U.S. with a $25,000 grant, which included $20,000 worth of Target GiftCards for the shopping sprees, and an additional $5,000 to cover transportation and other administration expenses. More than 80 Target stores will participate in the one-day event in select markets including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Miami, New York, Baltimore/Washington, D.C. and Seattle.The day of the shopping trip, each child will be presented with a $100 Target GiftCard to use at seven participating Target stores in the Greater Chicago area and a Target store in Munster, Indiana.Children will be paired with chaperones who will help them with their purchasing decisions and monitor how much is being spent and on what by each child. Stores will treat children to snacks and, for those children who finish their shopping early, there’ll be games for them to play.