Tsue ~ That's What She Said: 8 Tips For Helping Your Child Ease Back To School ~ Sidekix Give Away

Friday, July 20, 2012

8 Tips For Helping Your Child Ease Back To School ~ Sidekix Give Away

Thinking about the upcoming Back To School season and preparing your list of must haves?  Whether your child is looking forward to their first school days or regretfully watching the summer days fly by, spending time, helping your child with the process of transitioning back to school from summer break can make all the difference in a peaceful and stress free experience for Moms and students alike.

Prevent Summer Slide
Maintain the good habit of daily reading throughout the summer break.  Trips to your local library and the treat of picking a new book to keep at your local bookstore will help your child to stay interested in reading, as well as assist them in maintaining their reading skills.  Set aside a regular time each day for reading.  Children appreciate structure, even in the summer time.  Be a positive reading role model and let your child see you taking time out to enjoy reading and encourage your young reader to work through simple books on their own.

Remember To Reinforce Math Skills
Whether your math refreshers are structured or organic, there are ample opportunities to help your child maintain their math skills every day.  Creating in the kitchen, making crafts or counting during a walk or drive will help keep their skills fresh and establish math as a necessary and fun skill.

Explore And Investigate 
Whether you have a fun family getaway planned or trips to the park or beach, take some time to explore the environment around you.  Create a love of nature and a passion for conservation by taking a hike in the woods and take photos or notes about the interesting new things your child finds.  Research together to discover the names of trees, plants, animals and rocks.

Prepare For Back To School Gradually
With retailers converting their stores to feature Back To School products, supplies and clothing mid summer, take advantage of the extra time to gather supplies and new outfits for school.  Spreading your tasks over weeks, rather than rush them into frenzied days just before the first day of school will help the whole family to stay calm and will make your transition back to school a pleasant experience.

Go Back To School In The Summer
Make it a point to stop by your child's school during summer break, whether they are a returning student or will be attending school for the first time.  Walk the grounds, visit the playground and invite your child to share some memories from the past school year, tell them stories from your own school days and invite them to ask questions.

Interview A School Veteran
Although this technique is useful for any grade transition, it can be especially helpful for first time students and those who are changing schools in the new school year.  Reach out to a friend or neighbor whose child is a veteran of the grade your child will be entering in the fall.  Your child will appreciate receiving the inside scoop about school from another child in the know.

Back To Bedtime Basics
Many children enjoy the summer privilege of later bedtimes during the summer months.  If this is the case in your home, begin gradually working your child's bedtime to school year bedtime over the course of a few weeks, rather than a rush in the last days before school begins.  Gradual changes are easier for both Mom and child, creating less fuss at bedtime and easier on your daily routine.

Back To School Buddy
If your child will be a first time student, is changing schools, exhibiting anxiety over going back to school or even as a special back to school treat, adding a Sidekix buddy to your back to school shopping list!  With a locking clip, as well as a magnet, these reversible buddies are the perfect way to personalize your child's backpack or lunch box and send a friend with them to school!  The perfect size for small hands and able to convert from fun plush character to a soft ball with a zip and a flip, your child will be enchanted by these delightful characters.

Sidekix, Dragon Figures, Reversible Toys

Given an opportunity to explore Inferno, the Sidekix Dragon, we found the little creature delightful.  Soft and plush, with fun details  and bright colors, with easy to use zipper and clip.  Everyone had to check out the new arrival!  The Teen Diva thought Inferno the Dragon was cute as could be and my son loved the flaming ball he could convert the dragon into.   Even our Lab was eyeballing the Sidekix with great interest.

Backpack Buddies, Bike Buddies, Collectible Animal Figures

In addition to Inferno the Dragon, Sidekix offers four other fun friends: Bamboo the Panda, Savannah the Zebra, Click A Dee Chick A Dee and Mojo the Dog.

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***GIVEAWAY***
The makers of Sidekix are generously offering an opportunity for That's What She Said readers to win their choice of Sidekix buddy!  This giveaway is open to residents of US, 18+ and will end on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.


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37 comments:

Jennifer Rogers said...

Mythical is our Favorite, Layne likes this for himself! Layne loves dragons!
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Kimberly said...

I would choose Bambo the Panda for my granddaughter, she likes Pandas
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Janice Crespo said...

I would choose the Mythical Dragon for Amy because she loves dragons and is having her first baby - so .. a little extra gift for her :)

Chrissy Taylor said...

I like the Best Friends puppy! So cute!

Shelley P said...

My favorite is Mojo the dog. I would give it to my little girl who loves dogs : )

amy craft said...

Savannah--I would give it to my daughter who would LOVE her..she is starting Kindergarten this fall!

AndreaH said...

I like Inferno. My nephew would enjoy it.

MELINA said...

I would choose the dragon for my 7 year old son because he likes toys

lilyk said...

My favorite Sidekix is the panda. I would give it to my friend because he loves pandas!

amanda hardesty said...

I love the panda but would get the dog for my nephew
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amy beth marantino said...

I like inferno the dragon for my nephew

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Those are really great tips. I think it is so easy to just let kids play all summer without thinking about the effect it may have once school starts back up. There definitely needs to be a balance!

ape2016 said...

I would like the dragon for my daughter because she loves both dragons and little stuffed toys.

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Michelle Macaluso said...

I would choose Inferno for my nephew because he loves dragons!

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Rochel S said...

I like the chick!

Joana Arteaga said...

i would choose the dragon for my son

AStarrA said...

Mojo the dog for my daughter since she adores all things dogs.

Naomi said...

i would like to win the panda to give to my son

nicolesender said...

I like the zebra Savannah and would give it to my grandson who is learning the alphabet and zebra is a great "z" word.
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Kit Kat said...

I would get inferno b/c my son loves dragons and dinosaurs.

Jemima Puddleduck said...

the panda or the chick just because they're so cute

CAJUNMAN12 said...

I like Bamboo the Panda and I would give it to my niece

Tamar said...

I'd let my kids share bamboo the panda

Kasee said...

I would love to keep Inferno in my truck for all the times we're stuck in the drop-off / pick-up line at the school. My 2 youngest would love to play with him while we wait for the bell to ring and for sister to get to the truck.

Harold D said...

Panda is my choice.

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Kendra Warstler said...

the zebra

Becca Ann said...

I like the zebra

Missy L said...

I like the Bamboo panda best and I think I'd give it to my son because he really likes pandas.

Deb said...

My son would just love the mythical dragon and it would be great to win this for him.

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

would like the dragon for my grandson
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susansmoaks said...

i would choose the zebra
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Jackee said...

I would choose Bambo the Panda for my niece
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brendaelsner said...

I like Inferno!

Ericka said...

I would choose inferno the dragon for my daughter, she loves it and I hope to ease some of her anxiety for going back to school

Dawn Reid said...

Mojo the dog.

amelia said...

I would love to win the inferno the red dragon

Gianna said...

The dog for my twins because they like dogs.

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