WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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one Get familiar If it's your child's first time in a new school — whether transitioning to middle or high school or starting pre- school for the first time — make sure he knows where he's going before the first day. Take a walk around the school grounds. Plan your route and test out the com- mute. Attend teacher and principal get-togethers. Show your kids where they'll get the bus or meet you for pick- up. And for preschoolers, be sure to arrange a play date with a classmate ahead of time so they'll see a friendly face on their first day, instead of a room full of strangers. two Restore a regular sleep schedule With the long summer days, our children tend to stay up later and sleep in longer than they normally do during the school year. A couple of weeks before school starts, try beginning the bedtime ritual ten to fifteen minutes earlier every few nights so when that first day comes, your kids will be well rested and used to getting up early instead of dragging on that first day. It's also important to establish a consistent bedtime routine that will help your child relax and prepare for a good night's sleep. That means no computer, video games, or television right before bed. three Get a jump on school supplies We've all been there — in lines 20 people deep, our arms and carts overflowing with binders, pencil cases, and index cards. But buying school supplies doesn't have to Back to school season is a time of year many kids and parents dread as we say goodbye to the warm and relaxing days of summer. Still, others look forward to get- ting back to a routine. Here are ten ideas for preparing, both physically and mentally, for the new school year. ( S T A R T I N G T H E S C H O O L Y E A R O F F R I G H T ) 10 tips for… PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E WRITER 22 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 P E T E R B A K E R

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