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August 2014

August is a transition month. While you are still experiencing the “dog days of summer” — taking those refreshing dips in the pool and enjoying your summer vacation trips — you are also gearing up for back-to-school. There’s shopping, school supplies and finishing up those summer reading lists before the new school year begins. Connecticut Parent Magazine has got you covered to make the most out of the last days of summer and get you ready for the year ahead.

Some kids face each new school year with trepidation. Having a positive attitude and sharing your own experiences will help to alleviate those fears. Your child will head into the classroom with confidence, ready to take on whatever the school year brings. Toddlers face anxiety when going off to preschool for the first time. Read about the importance of acclimating your child to the new school and a morning routine. If you are looking for a different type of educational experience, discover the Montessori approach to learning. Go inside the classroom and learn about the advantages of this teaching philosophy.

Want to get everyone into the “back-to-school” mood? Try some craft ideas and games to smooth the way between summer fun and the classroom. Music is another way to get creative. The benefits of music are well documented and providing instrumental lessons can open up a whole new world for your kids.

The end of the summer is also a good time to get those check-ups and physicals taken care of. Although choosing the right doctor takes time and plenty of research, finding the perfect physician to take care of you and your family will be well worth the effort.

Kids can gear up for school by reading about great inventors and discoveries. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library in Naugatuck has compiled some biographies, picture book biographies and non-fiction books about science and history that will fascinate kids of all ages. We can’t forget that it’s still summer time and every night can be a family movie night! There are some terrific new DVD releases that everyone can enjoy together.  Don’t forget to check out the Family Fun Calendar that is packed with great events and adventures to make the most out of these lazy, hazy days of August.

It’s been a great summer, so give August 2014 the send off it deserves with plenty fun, lots of sun and great family time together. 


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