Back to School: Things to Consider

September 6, 2017 | RayL

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Photo Courtesy of Toronto Star Archives

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. 

You've been anxiously waiting for this day since the end of June. They've collected all their TD Summer Reading Club stickers and attended the wrap-up party. Over the summer, their visits to the library have been so frequent, that the library staff now know them on a first name basis.

Their shiny new backpacks and lunch boxes have been bought, the pencils have been sharpened and the notebooks are ready to be scribbled in. For yourself, you've bought a celebratory drink; ready to be opened after you've dropped the kids off at school.

Is there anything you might not have considered?

Preparing for the Back to School Routine.

If this is their first day at school, you may find them feeling apprehensive about the new routine. As you prepare to drop them off at school, you may find them clinging to your leg, wishing to be taken back home. Gone are their days of afternoon and morning naps. Here are some great books to help get them acquainted with their new routine. 

Back to School Tortoise

Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George

Splat the Cat Back to School Splat

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Lara Bergen

Stanley at School

 Stanley at School by Linda Bailey

 We're Here to Help

After the school day is done, you may be wondering how to keep your kids busy. The library offers a variety of after school programs for school-aged children. From robotics to crafts, there is something for almost every interest. Some programs do require registration; contact your branch for more information. 

The library also offers online and in-person resources to help your child succeed. Here is a sample of the many resources and services we offer: 

  • Brainfuse (online): Online homework help for students in grades K-12 offered daily from 2 to 11 p.m. Also includes practice tests, support for adult learners, writing assistance, skills building and more.
  • Leading to Reading (select branches): Leading To Reading is a free program for children who are reading below their grade level or need help with their homework. Children are encouraged to learn and practice their skills in a fun environment. It is open to children in Grades 1 to 6 who can communicate in English.

One More Thing... 

Sue from Toronto Public Health would like to remind everyone of the importance of immunization. Toronto Public Health is mandated to assess the immunization records of all child care kids and students attending school. School-age kids without updated immunization information can be suspended from school. Below are some tips that Sue has to improve kids' vaccination experiences.  

Guest Blogger: Sue (Toronto Public Health)

Improving Kids' Vaccination Experiences.

Vaccination is one of the best ways to keep kids healthy and safe. But getting a shot can be a scary experience for some kids…and stressful for parents too!

Teaching your child about vaccines is a great way to help them prepare for a visit to the doctor's office, as well as ease the anxiety that can go along with vaccinations.

You can:

  • explain how vaccines protect them against germs that can make them sick.
  • tell them they might feel a pinch for a few seconds. Even though it might hurt, the vaccines will keep them healthy.
  • work on a plan together. Help your child choose a book, a toy or electronic device to distract or comfort them.

Here are some great activities for your child to explore vaccination: PBS Kids: preparing for vaccination by Sid the Science Kid

For more ideas, see Toronto Public Health's Tips to Improve Your Child’s Immunization Experience.