Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back-To-School Blog Tour (Win It And $100 Visa Gift Card)

CONTESTS | | August 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

Contest closed!

Congratulations Sheliza!

While seasoned moms are counting the days until school opens, the newbies are scared of just that happening. Yes, both have kids driving them up the wall (that is one long summer vacation I tell you) but when your kid is going to start school for the first time you worry so much. About everything. About anything. About nothing.

Either way getting back to the groove or starting the groove in the first place you’d better start before the night that school begins. Here are some tips of advice. Some I picked up from a teacher called Patrice McCrary in Kentucky.

  • Ease in to the sleep schedule as the weeks get closer. Get to bed slightly earlier so that sudden change is not a shock.
  • Start preparing clothes and for younger kids make sure they have easy fasteners for potty business
  • Bounce up snack and lunch ideas. Keep it fresh but real. Healthy food most of the time is a more realistic goal than all of the time. Have favorites for tough days – and trust me there will be some.
  • Set out the clothing, together (so they feel a part of it), the night before. Saves the arguing the next morning. Plus morning minutes are precious.
  • Have a spacing out corner when they come from school. Chances are they are bushed and won’t want to talk (if they do lucky you) so give them some space to gather themselves.
  • Keep the high-activity-low-activity level at home as well. Teachers use that during the day to allow kids to have that momentum at school so easier to keep it the same.
  • Plan a special activity that you will do together when they get back from school – a favorite book, bake a cookie etc, so they have something to look forward too.
  • Build a reading corner. This can double serve as a quiet place and a bonding place.
  • Send little notes with their lunch.
  • Send email or record voice messages for them to hear after school, especially if you work outside the home and want to be part of their day at that point.

Scholastic recently published 2010 edition dictionary The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary, which we love – but then again I am a geeky girl. I know the stress involved in getting your kiddo ready for school – add to that a special needs kid and you get the picture. Not only is a dictionary essential but this one is a great introduction to all libraries (home or otherwise) but one that has pictures and simplified explanations can be a boon to the learning habits of your family.

To help ease your stress I would love to give a lucky Mommy Niri reader something special.

Want to win A $100 Visa Gift Card and a Scholastic Dictionary?

To win tell me what is your kid’s favorite book? Contest closes 28th August 2010 . To earn extra entries, after you have left a comment, do one of the following, but make sure you leave a separate comment entry for each extra thing you do. This gives you additional ways to win the contest.

  • Subscribe to Mommy Niri (and verify the subscription to be valid) and leave a separate comment that you did. Already a subscriber (thank you) then leave a comment stating you are
  • Retweet (use the green retweet button, on top  of the post, for easy access)
  • Fans of the Mommy Niri Facebook Page get an additional entry. If you are already a part of it leave a comment below.

Don’t forget to visit 3 Garnets & 2 Saphhires who is the next stop in the this blog tour.

Disclosure: As part of of the blog tour with Scholastic all participants and receiving a stipend and a copy of the dictionary.

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    Debbie W. says:

    Dr. Seuss Books are timeless.

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    Vickie Couturier says:

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    Kristi C says:

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    Patricia says:

    My favorite kids book is Charlotte’s Web.

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    VickieB says:

    When my son was little, his favorite book was Bobby’s Magic Blanket.. and Pete’s Dragon and the Rescuers (that came with 45s)

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    My favorite Children’s book holy cow that’s tough ;-)

    I love James and The Giant Peach
    My daughter is currently reading Franny K Stein and is in love!

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    When my daughter was small, her favorite book was Jamberries.

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    Laura says:

    Right now my youngest’s favorite is the My Secret Unicorn series while my oldest alternates between Baby Sitter’s Club and American Girl series.

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    joni says:

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    Shawna OBrien says:

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    Frank C says:

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    wcc says:

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    Paul says:

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    Gigi Schwartz says:

    My daughter loves any Dr. Seuss book. I used to read them to her, now she reads them to me. love it.

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    A Wrinkle in Time by L”Engle. Thanks for the contest.

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    Betty N says:

    My grandkids love books and their favorites change as they grow older…one of our fav books early on is Brown Bear, Brown Bear (what do you see?)

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    My son’s favorite books are the Star Wars series from Scholastic! He’s finishing up the first one now.

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    ashley says:

    My daughter lovessss to read!

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    Alicia Webster says:

    All three of my kids loved Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss.

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    Rachel Higgs says:

    A childrens Bible that I used to read her stories from

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    Simone says:

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    Melissa M. says:

    Right now my daughter’s favorite book is Fancy Nancy.

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    Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Winnie the Pooh

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    Christina says:

    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak!

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    Charlotte’s Web

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    sheila k. says:

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    Carol G says:

    My children always liked Dr. Seuss, and Green Eggs and Ham was a favorite.

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    Stacy says:

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    Erica C. says:

    One of our current favorites is Where the Wild Things Are.

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    Jean D. says:

    My son’s favorite book is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Michelle R. says:

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    Erin Walsh says:

    Harry Potter and the Scorcerer’s Stone

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    Dawn says:

    Goodnight Moon is their favorite book.

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    Go Pack Go – we’re big Green Bay Packer fans

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    Kathy N Scott says:

    My boys loved the Harry Potter Series.

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    Paula Hafner says:

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    Katherine M. says:

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    hippie4ever says:

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    Tonya Dean says:

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    Carol W. says:

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    shirley says:

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    Jenn S. says:

    My youngest likes Go!Dogs!Go! by PD Eastman and my oldest likes Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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    katie says:

    My son is really loving the Shel Silverstein poetry books right now. I’d love to get this book for him too though, thanks!

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    sarah says:

    I love anything by Dr. Seuss

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    Laura says:

    My daughter’s current favorite is Charlotte’s Web

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    shawna says:

    Dr. Suess Hop on Pop.

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    Aleksandra says:

    Right now my daughter can rea “duck at the door” over and over again.

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    Valeen N says:

    My son’s current favorite book is “Mr. Brown can Moo”, my daughter loves the Twilight Series!

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    Kerry says:

    My son loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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    Tara says:

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    Melodic Mom says:

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    My son’s favorite book is The Cat in the Hat and my daughter’s favorite series is the Twilight books.

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    Lily says:

    I have no children, but my favorite was Each Peach Pear Plum!

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    Harry Potter.. I can’t remember which one!

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    Pauline M says:

    As a little boy, my son’s book was Where the Wild Things Are…. but as a third grader, I will say that I’m forever grateful for the author of the Wimpy Kid series! These books were the turning point of changing my son from forcing him to read over to Can I please read 10 more minutes!!!

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    Stephanie says:

    We like Goodnight Moon.

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