Back to School Guide


As helpful as parent/teacher conferences may be, there are some pieces of information that just won't be shared. Here's what an educator won't tell you.

For kids of all ages, switching to new schools and grades can be challenging milestones. These 5 tips will help you and your kids make a smooth transition.

It can be a little intimidating talking to the teacher about your little one's performance -- especially if you were the kid who chewed gum in class and flunked math. Here's our survival guide for acing these formal chats.

It's a new year and that means a new teacher for your child. After the first meeting, you've got a bad feeling that you just can't shake. What can you do when you don't like your kid's teacher?

As obesity rates in children and teenagers continue to rise, many school districts are trying to combat the problem with healthier options in the cafeteria. But the worst items can still be found in many schools.

Gone are soggy tater tots and mystery meats from these schools' lunch trays. Could childhood obesity be eliminated if kids had no choice but to eat arugula salads, baby carrots and soy milk for lunch?

If you're looking for fine cuisine, a school lunch cafeteria might not be the first place that comes to mind. But these schools are serving up cauliflower bisque and offering taste-testing with artisan cheesemakers.

What foods do children crave? That's a no-brainer. But what kinds of foods (that they'll actually eat) nurture their gray matter?

When school lunches consist of nuggets, French fries and other fried products, it makes you wonder who's deciding what kids eat. What kinds of rules do schools have to follow when they feed students?

These 5 healthy after-school snacks will curb kids' hunger and keep them happy. Learn about 5 healthy after-school snacks.

Ah, school lunch. For many of us, this brings back memories of hairnetted ladies looming over trays of mystery meat. There have been sweeping changes lately in the way meals are served at schools, but has it been enough? Take our quiz to find out.

With all those school supplies and piles of papers falling out of backpacks, it might seem like a lost cause to attempt to get kids organized. Don't give up hope -- here are several strategies for keeping kids organized when it comes to school stuff.

The first day of school can be intimidating for children, but these are some coping tactics that parents can teach kids to ease their first-day jitters.

All kids want to look good on the first day of school, but buying a whole new wardrobe can be expensive. Keep your wallet full and your kids happy with these tips for back-to-school shopping on a budget.

The start of the school year is a great time for extra special back-to-school crafts. Sometimes activities related to school can help get kids enthused for the upcoming year. Try out these fun crafts like the Corn Husk Doll or the Leaf Stencil.

After-school games are the perfect way to get outside and have some fun. Your kids probably have some favorite games,and there are lots of new after school games they can play by themselves or with friends. Learn about fun, new after-school games.

Sometimes kids enjoy back-to-school activities that have structure but are not part of their homework. For a change of pace, try out these entertaining back-to-school activities like the School Bus game, Rainwater Blues, or Duck Bread Distribution.