The back-to-school season is filled with anticipation, excitement and stress—for kids and parents. There are new clothes and school supplies to buy, lunches and snacks to plan, and classes to prepare for (no easy task after summer slump). If you're worried that you'll never get it all done, stop, take a deep breath and check out our Back-to-School Guide, which is packed with simple tips and advice to help take the edge off.
Looking for an enriching activity for the kids this fall? Why not sign them up for a language class? Early exposure to a foreign language can be a rewarding and fun experience for a young child. Fortunately there are many programs throughout New Jersey, representing a wide variety of languages and cultures. Read on for our picks of the best options available—everything ranging from Mommy & Me programs for the little ones to group or private lessons for older children. And for more great class options, visit our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
When my family first heard I planned on homeschooling my two children they were baffled; why would I want to take on such a task, when I could “get rid” of them for six hours a day. Luckily my “crazy plan” isn't sounding too crazy, as more and more parents are ditching the school system and teaching their kids at home. New Jersey is an amazing state to homeschool in – no regulations, dozens of homeschool co-ops and groups and plenty to do. During the hours of 9-3 September through June my kids participate in nature studies, sports classes, and learning opportunities designed for homeschoolers that are either free, or extremely affordable. It's been such an amazing journey for us, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite homeschoolin' haunts.
Another spring into summer; another graduation! Whether the children in your life are 5 or 17, graduation is always an exciting time for the whole family. And who can resist those oh-so-adorable Kindergarten graduations? For your tween and teen grads, that feeling of accomplishment is contagious and inspirational—so why not reward the hard-working graduates in your life with a little “You Did It!” present? Here are some gift options for graduates of all ages.
What kids eat is very important and having the right snack can actually improve a child's ability to learn. Our school occupational therapy consultant, Casey Halper, put together a list of sensory smart snacks just in time for back to school. That means that they are snacks that help kids stay alert and focused in school without making them hyper and restless. These are great snack ideas for children in school, but would be equally great snack choices for toddlers too. Some of the themes for healthy sensory snacks are:
Crunchy and chewy foods help make kids more alert by engaging their senses.
Sipping or sucking can help organize and calm children.
And of course fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and calcium rich foods make them healthy overall.
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