Back to School

It may be 2010, but some things about “back to school” time haven’t changed much. We still have to get school supplies, pack lunches, deal with a new teacher and (ugh!) get back into that “morning routine.” That’s why our back to school site this year deals with the “basics” of back to school.

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1. Avoiding the Back-to-School Stress Mess

Most parents and students focus on time management as one of the keys to academic success. But managing stress is just as important. In fact, managing one’s stress and workload go hand in hand according to Michelle Harcrow, assistant director of health promotion and wellness at The University of Alabama.

2. Back to the "School Routine"

After a summer off, it's always difficult for kids and their parents to get back into the school routine. Dr. Carol Donovan and Dr. Diane Sekeres, faculty members in the College of Education at The University of Alabama, offer these tips for getting organized for back to school.

3. Tips for Teaching Kids Sound Money Management Skills

In an unstable economy with looming personal and public deficits, money management has become a family affair—especially once the school year starts and extra costs come rolling in each week.

4. Healthy School Lunches

Packing a school lunch has become less a matter of saving money or satisfying a finicky eater—it’s now a matter of health.

5. Homework Tips

Homework should not be a battle. Dr. Diane Sekeres, associate professor of education at The University of Alabama, offers parents these steps to take to encourage their child to take responsibility for his or her own homework assignments.

6. What Teachers Wish You Knew

Parents, pull up a chair: According to Dr. Diane Sekeres, associate professor of education at The University of Alabama, here's how to help your kids do their very best at school.