Back to Basics.
We are well into the school season, we even had our very first PA Day this Friday. Both my girls have gotten ready for another year of pencils and books, it’s a good time for kids starting or returning to school to brush up on some basic skills. While the summer months are fun, it can be hard for kids to get back in the swing of things when they re-enter into their school routines.
That’s why this month we’ve been watching some fun titles to help the kids get their thinking caps back in gear! For younger kids, back to school ABCs and 123s can be daunting, so we’ve selected titles focused on reading and math. For bigger kids it’s often social skills that become a source of anxiety, acceptance and doing the right thing, and other life lessons are important for kids finding their way in the world. Titles like Glee will help reinforce the building blocks of self-esteem and social skills. Now let’s get learning!
1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
2. Ever After: A Cinderella Story
5. The Pursuit of Happyness
6. The Karate Kid
I am a total gleek, while I think the show is a bit too mature for my daughters, I think the show touches upon many social situations that teens face or will face as they reach high school. I think it would be a great way to open up conversation with your kids about things they encounter at school. We have watched Turbo, Shrek, The Pursuit of Happyness and The Lorax to discuss the social issues in all of them. One of our favorites is The Lorax.
Brushing Up On the Basics!
- Thomas & Friends: Thomas & His Friends Help Out
- Monster Math Squad
- Curious George
- Super Why!
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- Signing Time
- Animal ABCs
- LeapFrog: Numbers Ahoy
Having my daughter starting school for the first time this month, I was anxious on how she would take to school. We brushed up on the basics and still continue to watch these awesome titles to help her as she learns. She had learned a lot in the years prior to entering school thanks to some of these shows. Now she still enjoys watching My Little Pony, Super Why! (which is awesome to learn ABC’s) and LeapFrog too.
Want to make a super cute pencil-case? Try this fun, durable pencil-case, it is the perfect way to inspire your kid to get into the creativity of learning. Click here to learn how to make your own. We are definitely going to be trying this one!
How has the transition to back to school been for you this month?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.