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Preschoolers & Kindergartners What a fun time in life! Time to learn 123's and ABC's. At the same time, they're leaving that babyhood we'll miss so much!

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Old 08-09-2008, 08:40 PM
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Lunchbox Tips

Do a few trial run lunches at home with your soon-to-be kindergarteners to show them how to open bags, juice boxes, thermos, containers...etc. Show them what containers to bring home with them.

Show them how to neatly lay out their lunch and how to clean up afterwards. Make sure they know how to assemble everything.

This will make things a whole lot easier on their teachers, too!
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I decided to write up these tips since we've been doing this at our house with my DD. I've been making school lunches for our lunches lately and showing her how I will be packing them...etc.

I can say that assembling and eating doesn't seem to be problems areas. lol!!
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Give your child a paper plate to put in their lunchbox, or show them how to spread out a napkin to use as a "place mat." So many kids put their sandwiches right onto the lunchtables
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Give your child a paper plate to put in their lunchbox, or show them how to spread out a napkin to use as a "place mat." So many kids put their sandwiches right onto the lunchtables
oh, yeah, I agree! Gross!!
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Not a lunchbox tip, but an important one with the little kids.

Make sure your child can completely dress him/herself in the school clothes. When it's bathroom time, kids don't need to be worrying about dealing with an unfamiliar belt, or snaps on jeans that are "too hard to snap" for their little fingers. Definitely do a dry run with them on dealing with their clothing.

My sons have always had to wear belts with their school uniforms so I had to make sure they could do belts. I found stretch belts with "magnetic buckles" which were much easier for primary-age students to handle than the regular buckle belts but look just as nice.

Since teachers and aides are not supposed to be touching children more than necessary, it's important that kids can be independent in dealing with their clothes.
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Not a lunchbox tip, but an important one with the little kids.

Make sure your child can completely dress him/herself in the school clothes. When it's bathroom time, kids don't need to be worrying about dealing with an unfamiliar belt, or snaps on jeans that are "too hard to snap" for their little fingers. Definitely do a dry run with them on dealing with their clothing.

My sons have always had to wear belts with their school uniforms so I had to make sure they could do belts. I found stretch belts with "magnetic buckles" which were much easier for primary-age students to handle than the regular buckle belts but look just as nice.

Since teachers and aides are not supposed to be touching children more than necessary, it's important that kids can be independent in dealing with their clothes.
Mom's with great minds think alike. I posted that, too.
http://www.familycorner.com/forums/s...d.php3?t=23080

I love the idea of the magnetic belt. Do they make those for girls? My DD is good at getting dressed but her belts do seem to take her a little more time to bucklet and unbuckle.
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Tami, they make them in many colors. I bought them for Big DS at a store but for Luke I had to go on ebay to get them. The seller name is s'cool outfitters. They are located in Charlotte, NC. I love them because they are adjustable (a parent can do that part) and easy for the kids to buckle.
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Tami, they make them in many colors. I bought them for Big DS at a store but for Luke I had to go on ebay to get them. The seller name is s'cool outfitters. They are located in Charlotte, NC. I love them because they are adjustable (a parent can do that part) and easy for the kids to buckle.
Thanks Barb! I'm going to look them up right now. Charlotte is right in my back yard.
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How do you work with a picky eater? Hard to believe my gs will be in 1st grade...will share these tips with this daddy...
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