Saturday, August 12, 2006

Saving Parents Money: School Shopping Guide

I found a timely article in the Mercury News that I'm sure will help many local parents get some ideas about Back-to-School supplies [click the link for more].

9. Help your school while you shop. If your school participates in a program like eScrip and Schoolpop, you can shop for supplies from a participating merchant who gives a percentage to your school.

On buying clothes:

# Remember: You don’t have to do it all before school starts.
Spreading your shopping out over the first few weeks of the school year is smart. It gives your student time to check out what his peers are wearing and to make any necessary wardrobe adjustments during later shopping trips. And it gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the sales.

Teacher's Advice:

Parting Advice from Our Teachers

The key to helping your child succeed is not something you can buy at your local office supplies store, says Nikki Salvatico, Pennsylvania’s 2005 Teacher of the Year. It’s time – time spent reading stories, rhymes, poems and plays with your children. And it's being a role model for the behavior you want to see in your child.

"Many parents stop reading to their child once their child begins to read," she said. "Children learn through modeling and reading fluency must be modeled. A child must hear the reader’s voice in order to understand fluency. Reading should sound like speaking.

"Parents spending time with their children – modeling reading, writing daily – is priceless. When children see a parent reading the newspaper, a magazine, a good book or writing a letter, a paper, a report for work, they then can connect why they are learning the things they are in school," she said.

Your grandparents might have brought an apple to the teacher on the first day of school. Jane Ann Robertson, Arizona's 2004 Teacher of the Year, has an alternative, more timely suggestion:

"If you really want to make a good impression on the first day of school, add a packet of stickers or a ream of colored copy paper for your child’s new teacher."

These articles are full of good advice - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

Tags: funding, save money, back-to-school, culture, education

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