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Our first back-to-school package of the 2008-09 school year focuses on grade school and includes stories and photos.
Backpacks weigh heavily on the mind of Matt Macy, 12, a seventh-grader at Nisqually Middle School. Matt, who carries a bag for sports, plays drums in band and carries his regular backpack, occasionally has to rest on his way to his bus stop.
The school year is likely to be filled with the usual blend of childhood curiosity and mean-spiritedness that results in such gems as "freckle face" and "dorkwad." So what do you do if the name-calling takes place in your presence? Absolutely, says Judy Freedman, the Glenview, Ill.-based author of "Easing the Teasing". "Parents need to talk to their kids about right versus wrong," she says.
Preparation is the key to success. Get the supplies you need to get the school year off to an excellent start. Steps:
It's the last class of the day, and Keith G. is ready to go home. "They will scream and make noise. The entire class regularly must stay after school. "In every school, there is going to be somebody that just bugs you," says Emma F., 12, of Chicago. Need ideas on how to handle problem peers?
Because kids can be so picky, packing a good lunch for your child can take a great deal of ingenuity. Not only do you have to find healthy, nutritious foods, but the foods have to taste good, too.
DETROIT _ Online tutoring can sound like a parent's dream _ a private tutor in the comfort of their home, available 24-7.
School districts eager to boost scores and keep pace with federal mandates are using computer games, electronic blackboards and even pep rallies to prepare students for state exams.
Teacher Maria Cullinane uses an electronic blackboard to help Alexander Velasquez, a sixth grade student in Cliffside Park, brush up on his math in preparation of state exam, April 3, 2008, in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
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