KING 5's Back to School Survival Guide

SEATTLE - In the next few weeks, more than one million Washington students will head back to school. So from before they board the bus to after that last bell rings, we've got you covered with resources to get your family ready to hit the books! Tune in Monday for our KING 5 Mornings back-to-school special.

Will you go into debt back-to-school shopping?

Sending your kids back to school after a long summer comes at a steep price, one that's driving a surprising number of parents into debt. 

Our friends at MagnifyMoney crunched the numbers and found that more than 1 in 5 parents will go into debt to cover the cost of back-to-school expenses. 

10 tips to conquer the school carpool

Sometimes the bus just doesn't cut it. For those parents that run the neighborhood carpool here are a handful of tips to make the morning commute one less chore.

Here are some resources we found to help parents find homework help:  

- Seattle Public Library’s Homework Help Program
- Sylvan Learning Center
- Wyzant
- Frog Tutoring
- Sno-Isle Libraries Teen Homework Help

Help fill backpacks for kids in need

Bartell Drugs is making it fun and easy to stock up on the coolest school supplies, while helping fill backpacks of those who are less fortunate. 

Shoppers can donate supplies in their neighborhood Bartell Drugs, online at www.BartellDrugs.com.

 

Bus Safety Refresher Course

They are a common sight on our roads but many drivers still have a lot of confusion about the rules of the road around school buses. Here are a few safety tips to follow: 

Get the most out of parent-teacher conferences

They are often viewed as an annual chore, but parent-teacher conferences can be useful if you prepare early and follow these steps: 

  1. Start now. Start a journal of your child's homework habits, grades, and any behavior trends you notice.
  2. Be specific. Instead of just saying "Johnny is having a bad year," offer tangible data, like "at least three days each week, Johnny melts down while doing his math homework."
  3.  During the meeting, discuss what matters most. That time can fly by, so your teacher wants to know what your child responds to and the struggles they may have.
  4. Map out a solution. Take the suggestions from your teacher and implement them at home. Schedule Follow-up meetings to track progress.

Books to Jumpstart the School Year:

Kick the summer slump and get those gears turning again with Amazon Books editor Siera Wilson's top picks for stimulating your child's mind!

Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out by Laura Overdeck and Paillot (PreK-Grade 2) - A great way to get kids thinking about math in a fun new way! Bedtime Math has three levels of challenges for each riddle, so it suits the whole family.

School's First Day of School, Adam Rex & Christian Robinson (Pre K-Grade 3) - A twist on the first day of school jitters! A new elementary school has it's first day, and it worries about fitting in and being with a whole school full of new kids.

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero, by Rachel Renee Russell (Grades 4-8) - The first in a new series about the misadventures of middle school.  Perfect for reluctant readers or fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young (Grades 5-7) - A great story about evolving friendships and family dynamics. Perfect for kids heading into late elementary school or middle school, when things start to get a little confusing and awkward. 

The Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook, by the Culinary Institute of America (Grades 5-9) - Perfect for your little helper in the kitchen! Teaches kids to follow directions, take their time and practice patience.

Top books to pick up now that your kids are back in school:

Last Days of Night by Graham Moore - Thrilling historical fiction novel based on actual events from the 1880's. From the mind of the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and The Sherlockian.

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson - Amazon's August spotlight pick. Short literary fiction following a woman who runs into a long-ago friend from the 1970's, and it sets a world of memories in motion.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, this sci/fi thriller is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. 

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis - Tale of revenge and redemption told by a scrappy female heroin fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity. 

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir - Named "Most Spectacular Sequel" by Entertainment Weekly this summer, this sequel is just as thrilling as the first of the two-part Ember in the Ashes series. 

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