Back to School Tips and Treats for Your Kids and Students

School has begun but do you still have some back-to-school errands on your list?

What you’ll find here is a directory of websites offering deals and tips for your family as you scoot your kids back to school in the coming days and weeks.

  • Amazon dedicates an entire page to school supplies you can buy for less than $5. How great is that? They have everything from hi-liters to erasers to clipboards.
  • The Back to School Twitter account, with 377,000 followers, provides do-it-yourself tips for students returning to school. You’ll find tips there every day.
  • Do you have a list of your back-to-school needs? Here’s a nifty spreadsheet from Super Moms you can download and fill out to make sure you get your kids everything they need.
  • Super Moms wrote another great post for parents. This one is 7 Tips & Tricks to Simplify Your Back-to-School Routine. I especially like No. 2: keep healthy snack bins in the fridge for easy access.
  • The National Education Association lists several back-to-school habits that are bad for your kids. Find the list in this Huffington Post article. One major concern is the weight of the backpacks kids carry these days. The Huffington Post wrote,

    A 2010 study using standing MRI with a small number of subjects revealed changes in the lumbar spine curve and disc height with increasing backpack weights. A larger survey of 3,500 students revealed that 64 percent admitted to having back pain at some time with backpacks, and 17 percent reported seeing a doctor for low back pain. Yet this is a problem for which, reportedly, very little has been done to effect change in actually removing the weight, rather than merely redistributing it.

    Make sure your child’s pack, according to Kids Health, is within 10% to 15% of your child’s weight. Before you purchase a rolling pack, check with your child’s school because they can cause tripping in crowded hallways.

  • Here is a fun story about how students can receive a free haircut courtesy of a barber, Courtney Holmes, of Iowa. Do you think you can get this tradition started in your community?
  • If you have children about to enter high school, you’ll want to see Newsweek’s ranking of America’s top high schools.
  • Has your elementary school-aged child been anxious about starting school? Here’s an article on this topic.
  • Edutopia suggests that if you want to get to know your child’s teacher, you might want to ask some or all of these 19 questions.
  • The U.S. government wants your kids to be and feel safe during an emergency. That’s they created a fun-looking, two-page form you can download, fill out, a tape to the refrigerator door and include in your kids’ lunchbox or backpack. It includes space for numbers for parents, neighbors and family members, and spaces for you to designate exits. 
  • The Tchers’ Voice Blog offers these tips for building relationships with students. I like tip No. 6: Designate a star student of the day. 
  • Edutopia offers tips on how to strengthen partnerships between students and parents. I like tip No. 2: get to know the values of the family. That’s so important.
  • Here’s a fun post from BuzzFeed: 16 Lies All Teachers Tell Themselves At The Start Of A New School Year. Enjoy reading it.
  • Finally, who doesn’t like peanut butter and jelly? Here’s a recipe your children will be sure to love from Everyday Savvy: Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars.


Back to School Tips and Treats for Your Kids and Students by Elizabeth B. Smith, Author & Illustrator

Elizabeth B. Martin is the author and illustrator of six picture books for children. You can view her books here for free.