KiDiViews: Back to School!

The KiDiMu crew comes to the rescue! Face this exciting (yet trying) time, “armed” with tips from our staff…

GET ORGANIZED FOR A SMOOTH START
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Lisa, Floor Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Mom of Two Elementary School Students:

“My kids and I go through their closets and all their clothes to get rid of things they have outgrown. Then, we donate clothes to Helpline House before buying new school outfits. My hope is that if my children see me preparing for school, they too will start getting prepared and begin the new school year by being organized.”

KiDiMu Recommends:
Tips on Getting Organized by ParentMap and Macaroni Kid Kitsap.

BEGIN ON A POSITIVE NOTE –
A BONUS LESSON IN CARING AND SHARING

Susan, Executive Director
Mom of Two College Students:

“Back-to-school shopping is an exciting, happy time for kids. Take a moment to talk with your child about those who are less fortunate and let them pick out a few items to donate to Helpline House’s Project Backpack or your local organization. Kids like to help fellow kids! And what a thoughtful way to begin the school year.”

KiDiMu Recommends:
Get involved! Visit the Helpline House to support local families.

GET YOUR SCHEDULE TOGETHER TO EASE THE TRANSITION
Gabe, Program Coordinator
Certified Teacher with Background in Behavioral Therapy:

“Routine, routine, routine! School-age children, but especially those transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, respond very positively when they know what is happening around them. Summer is all about breaking from the norm – staying up later than usual, going to new places, eating at different times, etc. It is important to begin routine “training” a few weeks before school begins and no later than the first week – getting to bed at the right time, eating breakfast at the same time, etc.”

KiDiMu Recommends:
Prepare your child emotionally and physically with these tips from Seattle’s Child’s expert.

SHARE THE JOY OF READING AND DISCOVER HIDDEN BENEFITS
Krzysztofa, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Experiential Learning and Literacy Advocate with Background in Social Psychology:

“Choose together your child’s favorite book to read at the beginning of the school year. Let your little student be the guide – this will be a clue to you about what’s on his/her mind. Choose a quiet time every day and read the story as often as requested, even if both of you know it by heart. A familiar hero will help cope with the beginning-of-the-school-year changes. And the bonding time, and a fun way to practice early literacy skills will be your added bonus.”

KiDiMu Recommends:
Visit PBS Resource center for age-appropriate reading tips and activities.
Know of a program serving children in need?
Help get more books into children’s hands. Visit First Book and spread the word.

LET KiDiMu HELP YOU!
The Museum’s hands-on exhibits offer a stimulating environment for early learners. Discover classes and events that fit your child’s interest or spark her curiosity.

Check out the calendar or sign up for the KiDiNEWS e-newsletter.
More fall programming coming soon!
And do not miss this week’s special back-to-school craft in the Art Studio!

KiDiMu Recommends:
Kids Play Like Scientists Work, as featured in Wired.
(We knew it all along!)

Need a breather?
Kids’ Night at the Museum (aka Parents’ Night Out) is this weekend (September 3)!
Let your explorer end the summer on a positive note, while you relax before the school week begins.

Share your back-to school tips on KiDiMu’s Facebook page.