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September 2018

You don’t even have to look at the calendar. You can feel it in the air, you can see the blinking lights of the school buses, and you can hear the laughter of kids on the playground, the taste of your favorite fall foods, and the touch of the leaves as they fall from the trees. September is here, and all of your senses have come alive after summer vacation! Hopefully, you are done with back-to-school shopping and are ready to tackle your new fall schedules and first-day jitters. We are here to help with the transition into the school year and make it as easy as ABC! 

If your children are anxious about the new school year we share some insightful tips to put minds at ease and get back into the swing of things. Start the morning off right with a nutritious breakfast to keep fueled up and ready all day long. Most children take buses to school nowadays, so it imperative for them to understand the rules – this is a must-read article. In August, we featured the Montessori method of education. Are you looking for a different approach to learning? This month, we share the Waldorf education method.

The new academic year may require an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program for your child. Be organized and go into meetings prepared and ready to make sure you child receives the best education he is entitled to by law. Outside of the classroom, play dates for your special needs child may require extra planning but it will be well worth the effort for both of the children (and you).

Children gain huge benefits from enrichment classes. They are learning valuable skills and having fun. And children aren’t the only ones that are gaining from these experiences. Parents who volunteer, either at school or in other activities, reap huge rewards, too. It’s a win-win for everyone. Reference the 2018 Guide to Enrichment Programs with a great selection of programs!

What happens if, OMG, your phone is dead, or even worse, lost? Don’t despair. Kent Memorial Library in Suffield has the perfect selection of picture books all about being digitally untethered — at least for a while. As long as you’re unplugged, check out the National Parenting Products Award-winners. You may find something on your kid’s back-to-school wish list.

Make this a September to remember. Check out all of the fall fairs, festivals, runs and fun going on all month long. To all our Jewish friends, have a happy, healthy and sweet New Year. 


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