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Engadget’s Guide to Cheap Back to School Gear

iluv imm153 iphone dockFor gadget geeks, Engadget is one of the go-to spots online to get the inside scoop on the hottest tech gear. This season they didn’t forget all the students headed back to class. The back to school guide focuses on essential gear that won’t cost a fortune.

They’ve looked at a broad range of electronics needs and found the most affordable in categories like laptops and netbooks, mobile phones, digital cameras, printers and more.

Here’s a quick glance at some of the top items on their affordable back to school list:

Alarm & Dock: iLuv iMM153 – Charge your iPod, fall asleep to tunes and wake up on time thanks to an alarm vibrator feature. This is a must-have for any college student prone to oversleeping. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Back to School Healthier for the Kids

children jumpingSchool supply lists are full of reminders to buy sharpened pencils, a particular ruled paper, an exact number of binders, and even how long a pair of shorts has to be. Where on those lists do they encourage parents to send their kids to school with apples instead of fruit snacks, or to play outside instead of in front of video games? Those tips aren’t on those lists, so we had to make our own list.

Keeping school children fueled with healthy food, keeping them active and getting enough sleep are just some of the ways to ensure your children’s health and how well they perform in school.

Here are some articles offering tips, guidance and insight to parents, teachers and other care providers to make this the healthiest back to school yet!

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How to Make School Lunch Healthy and Affordable

sack lunchIf your child’s lunch isn’t part of your back to school plans, consider putting it on the list. While the lunches at school are often more convenient and maybe even more affordable for some, they are generally void of nutrition. School cafeterias dish out as much processed food as a fast-food restaurant, only they try to pass it off as a balanced meal. Corn dogs, football game-style nachos, fruit cocktail, french fries and even those frozen PBJs are common players on the cafeteria tray.

Fuel your child’s body to get through reading, writing and even recess with a wholesome lunch. Shop smart for more nutritious foods and you’ll be able to fill a lunch box in a healthy and affordable way.

  • Buy a reusable lunch container. It’s more environmentally sound and you don’t have to keep paying for new bags. Plus, the insulated bags allow you to pack fresh items. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways Parents Can Help Teachers During Back to School

Teachers are some of the hardest working professionals around. Most are grossly underpaid, under appreciated and over worked. It’s often a thankless job that they do year after year because they’re passionate about educating the next generation and helping children find their own talents, interests and skills.parent teacher relationship

As the parent of a child in your teacher’s classroom you should feel a responsibility to help him or her in any way you can. Recognizing that many parents have full-time jobs and commitments too, there are still small things that will not go unnoticed by your child’s instructor.

Help everyone start the new school year with gold stars by taking some of these tips from educators:

1. Teachers always need helping hands as there is always something extra to be done. Parents (or grandparents) with free time and a willingness to help at the school are more than welcome! They appreciate having someone to do cutouts, distribute snacks, monitor lunch and recess, prep projects, or even tutor.

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11 Tips to Help Teachers get Ready for Back to School

It’s not just the kids who have to adjust to new sleep schedules, a return to harried days and even a worry of how to manage all that homework. Teachers are also under a lot of pressure to make back to school a success each and every year. Lucky for you, with a little foresight and planning, you can make the most of summer vacation for a seamless return to school.chalk board

We spoke with a few teachers and thought we’d share their tips for helping their colleagues go back to school.

1. Spend your summer vacation resting and renewing your mind, body and spirit.

2. Get your room ready at least two weeks before school starts so that you aren’t rushed or overwhelmed. This can include minor repairs, decorations, desk arrangements and even creating your own space in the room.

3. Talk with other teachers about their former students to gain insight, tips and techniques to help manage your new students. Read the rest of this entry »


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