4 Fun Articles to Get Back Into School Mode

PreschoolAugust is here, which means summer vacation is nearing its end and the school year its beginning. Are you and the kids ready? If not, we’ve got just the thing you need to get back into school mode: four fantastic articles on everything from maintaining a sleep schedule and overcoming the mad dash to school in the morning to keeping up the brushing routine. First day of school? Bring it on!

How to Stay on the School Sleep Schedule. Transitioning to the school sleep schedule can take weeks. Remember, toddlers need 11 to 12 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, preschoolers need 11 to 13 hours, and school-age kids need 9 to 11. A good night’s sleep is linked to better performance in school. Studies show that healthy sleep habits help kids of all ages better focus, manage emotions, solve problems, and retain information, among a range of other important benefits. Read our post, How to Stay on the School Sleep Schedule, for tips to keep the sleep cycle smooth throughout the academic year.

Back-to-School Brushing Routine. Are you ready for the morning rush come the first day of school? Between getting the kids up and ready, preparing them a healthy breakfast, making sure they eat it, and sending them off with lunches in hand, there’s not a minute to waste in the morning routine. Amid all this activity, little ones may need to be reminded to brush their teeth. What’s an easy solution? In the evenings, your preteen may complain of being too tired to brush after finishing homework. What should you do then? Read Back-to-School Brushing Routine for four handy tips.

ABC’s of the Back-to-School Dental Check-Up. According to California law, children must have a dental check-up by May 31 of their first year in public school. But an oral health assessment is a good idea to start off the school year, whether your child is in kindergarten, high school, or anywhere in between. Read ABC’s of the Back-to-School Dental Check-Up for a list of some of the reasons why a dental check-up prior to the first day of class is an A+ idea.

Rise, Shine, and Be on Time! In addition to having worked at APD for more than 30 years, Office Manager Susan Yee “manages” three kids at home, getting them each to school before the early bell rings and arriving at her desk well before the first patients begin trickling in for their six-month check-ups. Veteran parents and the teachers at her kids’ schools marvel at Susan’s punctuality. “How do you do it?” they ask her throughout the school year. Susan knows that getting kids out the door on time isn’t easy, with lunchboxes to fill, blouses to button, sneakers to tie, homework to pack, and of course, rows of little white teeth to brush. In Rise, Shine, and Be on Time!, she shares five secrets and time-saving tricks.

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